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Christopher Dresser (Designer)

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Category: Designer

Post Contributor: Jon Stevens


Profession: Designer

Born: July 4th, 1834, Glasgow, Scotland

Died: November 24th, 1904, Mulhouse, France

Nationality: British


Famous for:

- Design theory

- Aesthetic Movement

- Being the first Industrial Designer



Links for resources:

171 objects, description and context (V&A Museum)


Essay by Sara J. Oshinsky with gallery of photographs (The Met)


"There is no reason whatever why a chair should have four legs. If three would be better, or five, or any other number, let us use what would be best." Christopher Dresser, 1873

Photograph portrait and biography (National Portrait Gallery)


Christopher Dresser, Japonism and the Victorian World of Goods (Design History Society)


Traveling tea set, short profile background with context and description (The Met)


Christopher Dresser and the "Modern English" style: His later designs for wallpapers and hangings. Journal article (JSTOR)


48 objects with short biography (The British Museum)


Essay by Yamboliev Irena “Christopher Dresser, Physiological Ornamentist.” (BRANCH)


Publication excerpt from MoMA Highlights: 375 Works from The Museum

of Modern Art, New York


History of Industrial Design, lecture by Matthew Bird


Christopher Dresser Society



Further research:

- Industrial Design

- William Morris

- Products


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