A Change of Direction: Gordon Russell Furniture 1930-1940

A Change of Direction: Gordon Russell Furniture 1930-1940

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The 1930s were probably the most challenging times for Gordon Russell - faced with the Great Depression it was at times ‘touch and go, and yet in many ways, with new ideas already emanating from Europe, it was a most exciting period. At a time when the idea of modern design was appealing to some but alarming to others, Russell was a reliable hand-holder to help others across the ditch that had been dug by the followers of the Arts and Crafts movement who were suspicious of machinery as liable to cut corners and lower standards of taste. This book by architect and designer Ray Leigh MBE, former Chairman of Gordon Russell Ltd, focuses on the radical changes the firm adopted in the 1930s in terms of design, also paying tribute to the contribution made by those on the shop floor who faced new challenges in production and technology.

Author: Ray Leigh

Format: Hardback

Publisher: The Gordon Russell Trust

ISBN: 978-0-9575313-4-5

Dimensions: 305 x 219mm; 80 pages