Monday, 27 June 2016

Tibor Reich: Nature Designs In Fabric

Tibor Reich, who was born into a Jewish family in Budapest in 1916, escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna for Leeds in 1937, becoming a pioneering interior designer of 1950s and 60s Britain. It was a Reich designed woollen fabric chosen by a young Queen Elizabeth as her wedding present in 1947, and in a career that lasted three decades, his vibrant, deeply textured designs would decorate the interiors of royal palaces, embassies, 10 Downing Street and even the first Concorde.


Friday, 24 June 2016

Jo Malone & Marthe Armitage

Most people, by the time they reach their 70s, have begun to wind down – at least when it comes to work. But for artist and printmaker Marthe Armitage, her eighth decade was when things really started to get going career-wise. Marthe has been producing her exquisite scenic wallpapers since the 1950s, but it has only been over the past 12 years or so that they’ve truly taken off.
Now in her 80s, she is still designing and printing papers from her riverside home in Chiswick – including a new, bespoke pattern for the fragrance house Jo Malone – and is finally enjoying the recognition her work so richly deserves.
Watch Marthe on Youtube