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Utility Schemes (GB) (1942–52)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Utility furniture and textiles were produced in Britain between 1942 and 1952. Utility was a direct response to the demands of the British war economy. Until the end of the designated Utility period, the control, sale, and design of goods...

Kenwood

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Kenwood Company was established in Woking, England, in 1947 by Kenneth Wood, a qualified electrical and mechanical engineer and his wartime colleague Roger Laurence. Initially called Woodlau Industries, Wood renamed the company Kenwood...

Ekco (1922–73)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Founded by E. K. Cole in 1926, Ekco was one of Britain’s largest radio manufacturers. With a factory first at Leigh-on-Sea (1927) and later in Southend-on-Sea (1930), the company adopted the newly created and less expensive Bakelite...

Independent Group

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Independent Group was a collective of theorists, artists, photographers, architects, writers, and designers including Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull, Nigel Henderson, Peter Reyner Banham, Mary Banham, Alison...

Isokon

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Jack Pritchard and Wells Coates founded Isokon in London in 1931 with a modernist design agenda. The name was derived from Isometric Unit Construction. One key project was the design and construction of the Lawn Road flats, in Hampstead...

Hille (1906–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...A family-run furniture manufacturing company founded by Salamon Hille, a Russian Jewish émigré to London’s East End, Salamon took the unusual step of putting his daughter Ray in charge of the company in the 1930s. Well known originally...

Habitat (1964–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Founded by designer Terence Conran, Habitat’s first store was opened on London’s Fulham Road in 1964. Conran saw the opportunity to sell a wide range of contemporary designed as well as more traditional products at affordable prices...

Festival Style

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Festival of Britain was held in 1951 on the South Bank in London. It fashioned the definition of modern design, a contemporary look described by the term Festival Style and utilizing industrial materials, efficiency, and abstract...
...DCA/Press Release no. IDG44775510. Designs of the Year. 10 May 1957:3. Design Council/University of Brighton Design Archives. Mr Peter Thorneycroft MP was the President of the Board of Trade.This chapter examines the choice of twelve...

Heal and Son

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Heal’s was established in 1810 as a family business in London by John Harris Heal. The firm manufactured beds and expanded into other household furnishings later in the nineteenth century. Operating on Tottenham Court Road in London since...