Carpet design

Post-War Pioneers: A Revive & Thrive Design Road Trip

The project I’m bringing to Goodwood this year is inspired by my own list of ‘post-war design pioneers’. In the three decades following the war, British manufacturers produced the Morris Minor and the Jaguar E-type. Around the same time, interior designers and designers were working on the rationing of furniture production of the 1940s, the dynamic revival of British design in the 1950s, and the playful and transformative experiences of the 1960s. take an iconic piece of furniture from each decade and I screen print my own designs – inspired by vintage textiles – onto the objects. It is a furniture tribute to the creativity of design that lifted British interiors from the shock of war and in many ways revolutionized interior design.

Iconic designers who caught my eye across all three eras were Gordon Russell, at one time chairman of the utility design committee; G Plan, a range of E Gomme furniture that proved extremely popular in the 1950s and 60s, and Lucian Ercolani, the founder of the furniture brand Ercol. From the world of textiles, I chose Enid Marx, textile designer and pattern maker of war utility textiles; Lucienne Day, famous for her festival of British designs, and Barbara Brown of Heals, famous for her op art fabrics in the 1960s.

In my research for these special Goodwood Revival designs, I discovered that the English countryside is rich with incredible stories of my post-war design heroes, so it became apparent that I should do my own research road trip. I packed up my sketchbook and art materials, laid out a plan on the map, and took my car to learn all I could about these inspiring people.