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May 24, 2023, 10:00 AM CEST

Christopher Dresser: Pioneer of Modern Design

As part of our May auction, we are excited to announce an exceptional Flemish collection by the well-known English designer Christopher Dresser (1834-1904).

Dresser has a strong claim to being the first professional designer of household objects in the new industrial age of the 19th century. Contrary to the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris, Dresser embraced the inevitable progress of time and sought a path forward through the Modernist movement.
Dresser firmly believed that exceptional design must adhere to fundamental principles, such as fitness for purpose, appropriate use of materials, and honesty in construction.
The later 20th-century slogan 'form follows function' aptly describes many of his creations.
Christopher Dresser's designs were significantly influenced by Japanese decorative art, and his impact on modern design cannot be overstated.

His biography was written by Harry Lyons.
The Design Museum in Ghent hosted a comprehensive exhibition on Dresser's work in 2008, curated in collaboration with Emil Fonfoneata.


Kardinaal Mercierstraat 20
Bruges, 8000