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Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

You know I am totally in love with Liberty London right? You might also know that I am a Mid Century design fan too? Well I have discovered the perfect book to blend those two passions in to one.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma was issued in paperback in December 2015 and I have just managed to get my hands on a copy (thank you ACC Editions). When I think of Liberty, of course I think of the florals, arts and crafts style, soft and pretty designs and something quite whimsically romantic. Well, this book reveals how Liberty responded to the trends driving forward design in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a wonderful surprise to see how they incorporated the mid century style so effortlessly into the Liberty lexicon. The images in this book show the designs, but also their application in many cases, giving a fashion history fanatic like me a wonderfully rounded view of Liberty during this excitingly creative period.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

It all makes perfect sense when you think of Liberty’s location at the head of Carnaby Street. How could that be the fashion hub of London’s Sixties scene without Liberty being impacted? This book shows us how Liberty has been a creative driving force throughout its history, charting it’s beginnings to give us context and a deeper understanding of the brand, and then revealing how Liberty responded to the mid Century Modern movement for both fashion and interiors. It’s a joy and I’m sure it will become one of my most regularly referenced sources of design inspiration.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: British Design at the V&A, Interiors focus

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

On to day 2 from the V&A’s British Design 1948- 2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition, and here are my favourite interiors and furniture shots. Now, I’m about to share with you one of my personal quirks… I’m a chair obsessive. Sometimes “Blink” Towers looks more like a chair showroom than a design studio as I find it hard to resist a beautiful chair. As with the textiles post of yesterday, most of my favourites come from the 60’s and given the opportunity/ budget, the place would be filled with iconic pieces from that era.

Back to the exhibition, and here are some interiors and chair based highlights:

Max Clendinning's designs for Liberty, mid 60's

‘ANTELOPE’ OUTDOOR BENCH, DESIGNED BY ERNEST RACE FOR THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN, 1951, MANUFACTURED BY RACE FURNITURE PHOTOGRAPH © VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Stephen Richards 'Storm Chair', 2000

recreation of a late 50's interior, including work from various designers

‘TORSION’ CHAIR, DESIGNED AND MADE BY BRIAN LONG, 1971 BY KIND PERMISSION OF BRIAN LONG

Allen Jones 'Chair', 1969

Rocking chair exhibited in front of John Piper's giant mural

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Enjoy! Lucy