The Beginnings of Modernism: British Design, 1870-1910


In U.S. and European decorative arts in the late 1800s, Britain led the way in modern design. Some common themes emerged: an openness to global design influences and an embrace—or rejection—of industrial manufacturing. Christopher Dresser, considered the first modern industrial designer, worked with British manufacturers of furniture, metalwork, wallpaper, ceramics, and glass to create well-designed objects for mass production. Dresser, a trained botanist and world traveler, studied design from all cultures. His designs reflect either new uses of natural or cultural motifs, or incredible simplicity through a focus on geometry and surface. —Minneapolis Institute of Art

Start Date
Saturday, July 30, 2016
End Date
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Beginnings of Modernism: British Design, 1870-1910

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