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Maugham, Syrie (1879–1955)

Patricia Lara-Betancourt

Patricia Lara-Betancourt is a researcher at the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC) at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, UK. Her research focuses on themes of modernity, representation and identity. She is a co-editor of Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior: from the Victorians to Today (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...London-based British interior decorator and the wife of playwright Somerset Maugham, Syrie Maugham became best known for her theatrical and glamorous “all-white” rooms decorated in shades of white, including tall plaster palm trees lamps....

Brandt, Edgar (1880–1960)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Edgar Brandt was a French artist blacksmith based in Nancy, who successfully introduced new manufacturing techniques to the creative process of wrought iron production. He was born in Paris and was educated at the Ecole Nationale...

Braddell, Dorothy (1889–1981)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Braddell attended King’s College, London, afterward studying art and decorative art at Regent Street Polytechnic and Byam Shaw School of Art. Her creative career began in the 1920s when she began producing exhibition stand designs...

Art et Décoration (1897–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...French monthly magazine Art et Décoration was founded in Paris in 1897 by Emile Lévy, owner of the Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts publisher. The editor in chief was the art critic François Thiébaut-Sisson, followed by Gustave Soulier, M....

Adnet, Jacques (1900–1984)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Jacques Adnet was a French furniture designer who was particularly known for his luxury avant-garde Art Deco designs that often used exotic woods in conjunction with glass, leather, metal, and mirrors. After graduating as an architect from...

Cooper, Susie (1902–95)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...A ceramic designer, born in Burslem, Staffordshire, Cooper trained at the Burslem School of Art under Gordon Forsyth and joined the pottery company A. E. Gray as a paintress in 1922 where she quickly became resident designer. Keen to design...

Chicago “A Century of Progress International Exposition” (1933–4)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Century of Progress International Exposition celebrated Chicago’s founding centennial on reclaimed lands along Lake Michigan. Programmed to last between May and November 1933, the exhibition reopened in 1934 due to its popularity...

Fouquet, Georges (1862–1957)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Fouquet was a Parisian-based goldsmith and jeweler. He joined the family business in 1891, and took over the operation of the company in 1895. Fouquet was well known for his work in the Art Nouveau and the later Art Deco styles. His...

De Wolfe, Elsie (1865–1950)

Patricia Lara-Betancourt

Patricia Lara-Betancourt is a researcher at the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC) at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, UK. Her research focuses on themes of modernity, representation and identity. She is a co-editor of Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior: from the Victorians to Today (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...American interior decorator De Wolfe is considered one of the most significant interior decorators of the first half of the twentieth century, playing a key role in the formation of the modern American interior decorating profession. De...

Dufrène, Maurice (1876–1955)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Dufrène was an important French interior designer who drew inspiration from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century designs to which he gave a distinctly modern flavor. Among his numerous exhibitions was his association with the Paris Exposition...