Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell(1892-1980), Designer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Going to school in Chipping Camden, he was influenced by C.R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts movement, with its emphasis on tradition and good design. The cause of good design and standards of manufacture in an age of mass production became a personal mission, and his name became synonymous during the Second War with 'Utility Furniture'; furniture which was well designed, affordable and mass-produced. He held the chair for the Board of Trade Committee on Design from 1943 until 1947, when he became Director of the Council of Industrial Design, where he promoted the launch of the Design Centre, Haymarket in 1959. He became the first chairman of the Crafts Council.
by Elsbeth R. Juda
modern bromide print, 1951
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