Tibor Reich exhibition

Tibor Reich tapestry | H is for Home

Last week, I made an all too rare visit to Manchester; I was meeting a friend at the Whitworth to view the Tibor Reich exhibition.

Tibor Reich exhibition room at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

Tibor Reich mural at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

Tigoware sketch by Tibor Reich displayed at the Whitworth

Tibor Reich Tigo-Ware 'Florence' and 'Espanola' vases | H is for Home

It was wonderful seeing his work ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, rather than in books or on the internet, to appreciate the scale. The ‘Florence’ Tigo-Ware vase on the left of the photo above is over a foot tall.

Examples of Tigo-Ware designed by Tibor Reich and produced by Denby Pottery in the 1950s | H is for Home

Tibor Reich designed ceramic tiles | H is for Home

His black & white sgraffito designs are very eye-catching and distinctive.

Ceramic ashtrays designed by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

Apparently, he designed and produced these keyhole-shaped ashtrays as presents for friends one Christmas. I’ve never seen one on the open market, they’re absolutely beautiful!

Ceramic ashtray designed by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

Tibor Reich pen & ink sketches | H is for Home

A lot of his ceramic work is concerned with the female form and visage – my friend and I wondered whether his wife Freda, who was pictured in many of the photographs in the exhibition, acted as his muse.

Colour sketches of women by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

A displat of tools and other objects used by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

Tibor Reich's sitting room which he designed himself | H is for Home

Reich may be best known for his textiles (his designs were on the seats of Concorde and the QE II), however his practice was multifaceted. Ceramics, fine art, photography… he even designed his own home including the ‘flaming onion’ fire in his sitting room, shown above.

 

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Tibor Reich: Art of Colour and Texture, shown above, was published earlier this month to accompany the exhibition. It can be purchased here (£35.00). The Tibor Reich exhibition runs until August 2016, so you still have lots of time to check it out – it’s well worth it! If you can’t get to Manchester, the University of Leeds (where he studied) have a huge archive of his textile work which can be viewed online.

Wallpaper display at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

In an adjoining room, there was an exhibition of vintage wallpaper (which runs until the 4th of September 2016). With the room’s huge, tall walls the long rolls were shown off to spectacular effect.

Wallpaper display at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

Although I loved most of the designs, it also made me realise how overpowering some of the patterns would be if all four walls in a room were papered. A small feature wall would suffice!

Vintage 'Promenade' wallpaper sample | H is for Home

There were display cabinets of wallpaper samples – here are two of my favourites.

Vintage wallpaper sample with birds pattern | H is for Home

Bookmarks – 1950s Fashion Print

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book entitled "1950s Fashion Print" by Marnie Fogg surrounded by vintage 1950s fabric

 

Today’s Bookmarks book review is 1950s Fashion Print….

front page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg surrounded by vintage 1950s fabric

…one in a series written by Marnie Fogg and published by Anova Books.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with bird print

The books arrival was perfectly timed as it appeared hot on the heels of our vintage fabric haul which we blogged about recently.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with carousel print

It’s very attractive visually.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with ballerina print

Holding the book, with its tactile, textured cover is almost like handling a piece of barkcloth.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with still life on a tabletop print

An initial flick through the enticing photos contained within persuades you to delve deeper.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with figurative print

There are endless examples of superb, period fabric designs to drool over…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with atomic print

…full-colour, detailed images of vintage prints on every page.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with red atomic print

Some very recognisable patterns as well as ones you’ll probably not seen before.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with trio of atomic prints

It isn’t however,  just a collection of pretty pictures…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s female figure composed from various printed fabrics

…it’s extremely well researched – Fogg really knows her subject.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with leaf print

She used to be a lecturer in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s Lucienne Day fabric

In addition to details about the actual fabric designs, the book encompasses related topics such as interior design and social & historical influences.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing illustrated female figure dressed in the New Look style in 1950s printed fabric

Another strong point of the book is the photo captions – they’re full of additional information and incisive comments.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with stylised plant pot print

It’s a wonderful leisure read, but also a great resource…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing full, gathered skirt made from vintage 1950s fabric

… an inspiration for design projects or for identifying fabrics that you may be lucky enough to find!

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s Tibor Reich

There’s also a useful bibliography of where to go next if your appetite for 50s patterns has been whetted.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing a trio of vintage 1950s fabric with different geometric prints

It’s a must for devotees of textile designers such as Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, Robert Stewart, Jaqueline Groag, Sylvia Chambers & Tom Mellor to name but a few  – along with manufacturers such as Heals, David Whitehead Ltd & Edinburgh Weavers…

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing a 1950s magazine ad for Sundour fabrics

…and for fans of Mid-century Modern in general.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing a collection of swatches of vintage 1950s fabrics

This book is going to be a permanent fixture on our shelves.

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with leaf print
1950s Fashion Print can also be bought from our vintage design bookshops: Amazon UK | Amazon US

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with figurative print

We’ll be following up in the very near future with a review of Fogg’s 1960s Fashion Fabrics

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with Marian Mahler

…we’re very much looking forward to it!

page from the book entitled "1950s Fashion Prints" by Marnie Fogg showing vintage 1950s fabric with sun print on a red background

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book entitled "1950s Fashion Print" by Marnie Fogg

[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy.]