Christopher Dresser was born in Scotland in 1834 and died in 1904 while on a business trip to Europe. He was an author, lecturer and teacher. His first love was botany but he changed career to become a leading industrial designer in Victorian times. His work was not confined to one field, but included carpets, textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, metalware and wallpaper.
You will find in these pages a concise illustrated summary of his work in each area, together with a brief introduction to his life and writings.
Whatever he was designing, he believed that any object which perfectly fulfilled its function was beautiful in itself and needed no adornment.
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