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Women Design: Pioneers in architecture, industrial, graphic and digital design from the twentieth century to the present day Hardcover – 7 Jun 2018
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About the Author
Libby Sellers is a design historian, consultant and former senior curator of the Design Museum, London.
Her seven years at the Design Museum produced a wealth of exhibitions, including the first UK retrospectives of Marc Newson and Peter Saville, a celebration of the life and work of Eileen Gray, the annual Designer of Year awards and the Thomas Heatherwick Conran Foundation Collection exhibition.
Through her eponymous London-based gallery, Libby worked with some the industry’s most critical and progressive designers, commissioning works from them to sell through curated exhibitions. Her close working relationship with these designers led to the launching of many new careers and developed a broader understanding of the narrative power of critical and conceptual design. These works have been purchased by international clients, collectors and museums – including MoMA New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and CNAP, France.
In 2015, Libby closed the gallery space to focus on writing, direct client commissions, small patrons’ circles editions and freelance curation – the first of which was an exhibition on behalf of the Serpentine Galleries during Milan’s annual Furniture Fair. She is a juror on numerous design awards, is on the vetting committees of international fairs, and has authored two publications: one on the cultures of collecting design, which was launched during Design Miami/Basel 2010 for HSBC Private Bank. Libby was nominated for the 2008 Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund for cultural entrepreneurs, the Wallpaper* Courvoisier Design Awards in 2009. In 2014 she was honoured by the Women of the Year awards as a Woman of Achievement in the Arts.
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Although I was aware of some of the designers featured it was interesting to be introduced to others I was regrettably until now not aware of and it was heartening to learn that some have been the subject of retrospective exhibitions showcasing their works. Looking again through these pages it is now clear what a profound influence on twentieth century design those featured had and how with particular reference for example to the Bauhaus movement their contribution have been underplayed and marginalised.
The next time I visit one of the buildings featured here for example Zaha Hadid's Riverside Museum building in Glasgow I will certainly see it in a fresh light which is testament to the influence this book had on me. Whether you are a student of design or like me merely appreciative of its influence and appeal I think that you will find this is a rewarding book to have.
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