Royal Designers for Industry & Britain Can Make It, 1946

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Robert Goodden

Architect and Designer (1909-2002) Robert Yorke Goodden was born on 7th May 1909. Educated at Harrow he went on to study architecture at the Architectural Association (1926-32) before starting work in private practice. A paucity of commissions, due to political and economic uncertainty, saw Goodden look to other forms of design. He designed, produced and…

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Duncan Grant

Painter and Designer (1885-1978) Duncan Grant was born in the family ancestral home at Aviemore on 21st January 1885 but spent his early years in India and Burma, where his father’s regiment was stationed. Between 1894 and 1899 he attended Hillbrow School, Rugby where his talent for art was encouraged. He was introduced to Japanese…

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Milner Gray

Designer (1899-1997) Milner Connerton Gray was born in London on 8th October 1899. He attended Goldsmiths’ College but his studies were interrupted when he was called up to the 19th London regiment in 1917. Gray’s record of poor health meant that instead of a posting to France he was, instead, sent to the Royal Engineers’…

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Jacqueline Groag

Textile and Wallpaper Designer (1903-1986) Born in Prague to Jewish parents on 6 April 1903 as Hilde Pilke, she changed her first name to Jacqueline when she married Jacques Groag. She studied textile design in Vienna and flowered under the tutelage of Franz Cizek who then recommended her to Joseph Hoffmann, Head of the Werkstätte…

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Ashley Havinden

Graphic Designer (1903-1973) Ashley Havinden was born on 13th April 1903 at Maidstone, Kent. He was awarded a free education at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, Sussex but left school without any formal qualifications. He started work as a trainee at a printing company in Watford, and then, at the age of nineteen, joined the staff of…

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FHK Henrion

Industrial Designer (1914-1990) Born Henrich Frederick Fritz Kohn in Nuremberg, Germany on 18th April 1914 to Franco-German parents, Henrion (as he became known) completed his education at the Melanchthon Gymnasium before moving to Paris in 1933 where he trained as a textile designer and then studied graphic arts at the Ecole Paul Colin. Colin described…

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George Him

Designer (1900-1982) Born Jerzy Himmelfarb in Lodz, Poland (then Russia) on 4th August 1900 Him shortened and anglicized his name in 1933. Educated in Warsaw he went to Moscow in 1917 to study Roman Law but when the university closed during the Russian revolution, he went to the University of Bonn and completed a PhD…

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James Hogan

Stained Glass Designer (1883-1948) James Humphries Hogan was born on 20th December 1883. He studied art at the Westminster School of Arts, before learning about stained glass at the Central School of Arts & Crafts, and then under the tutelage of William Aikman at the Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. From the age of…

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Jack Howe

Architect and Industrial Designer (1911-2003) Born in Enfield in 1911 Jack Howe attended the local grammar school and then enrolled to study architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic. During the final two years he studied in the evening while working full-time for the architect Joseph Emberton during the day. In 1934 Howe was elected an associate to…

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Lynton Lamb

Artist, Book Designer and Illustrator (1907-1977) The son of a Methodist minister Lynton Harold Lamb was born on 15 April 1907 in Hyderabad, India. At the age of sixteen, following the death of his father, he started work in an estate agent’s office while attending evening classes in life drawing at Camberwell School of Art….

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