University of Brighton Design Archives

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A detail of an eye on yellow background from the Black Eyes and Lemonade exhibition by Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones (1912-1978) studied mural decoration at the Royal College of Art and was part of the circle of artists associated with its heyday in the 1930s. Various shipping companies, hotels and restaurants commissioned her designs and she worked on many important exhibitions. James Gardner requested her involvement over several decades: with ‘Design Fair’ for…

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A pastel colour sketch of a ladies clothing display. Taken from the Natasha Kroll Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Natasha Kroll

Natasha Kroll (1912 – 2004) studied display design at the Reimann School in Berlin, and joined its teaching staff when the school moved to London in 1936. In 1942 Kroll was appointed display manager at Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd where her display philosophy, rooted in European modernism, complemented the new premises designed by Joseph Emberton. In…

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A black and white graph from the W H Mayall Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives

W H Mayall

W H Mayall (1923-1998) began his career as a draughtsman in the aviation industry. In 1959 he moved to the Council of Industrial Design, later becoming Senior Projects Officer. He lectured, wrote articles and books, liased with industry and mounted conferences and exhibitions. This collection of papers reflects all aspects of his work and also…

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Detail from an Arnold Rothholz designed Post Office Savings Bank poster. Taken from the Arnold Rothholz Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

H A Rothholz

Hans Arnold Rothholz (1919-2000) was born in Dresden. He arrived in Britain in 1933 and enrolled at the Reimann School where he studied commercial art and display design. Rothholz went on to design posters for clients including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) and the Post Office. In the late 1940s he…

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A colour photograph of a metal wall lamp with a red lamp. Taken from the Bernard Schottlander Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Bernard Schottlander

Bernard Schottlander (1924-1999) is best known for his public sculpture. He began his career as a welder and plater and attended evening classes in sculpture at Leeds School of Art, later transferring to the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he studied industrial design between 1949 and 1951. Schottlander went on to teach metalwork…

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A cropped version of an original black and white portrait of Alison Settle

Alison Settle

Alison Settle (1891-1980) was a prolific journalist, a champion of women’s rights, editor of Vogue, and a contributor to the work of both the Council for Art & Industry and the Council of Industrial Design. Her archive comprises a body of papers offering insights into the worlds of fashion, textile and clothing manufacturing, design promotion,…

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The Vokins department store was a mainstay of the Brighton retail scene for over one hundred years until its closure in the 1997. The archive includes a wide variety of records: photographs, documents, press cuttings, ledgers, plans, and correspondence. These relate to staff, sales, stock, store development and promotion. As a case study of an…

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