Robert Welch – Design: Craft and Industry by Charlotte and Peter Fiell was published in September 2015 and officially launched that same month at the Margaret Howell store on Wigmore Street, as part of the London Design Festival 2015.
Trained at the Royal College of Art in London in the early fifties, where he was a contemporary of David Mellor, Robert Radford Welch became one of the leading British designers of the twentieth century. In 1955, Robert Welch set up his design studio on the top floor of the Old Silk Mill, Chipping Campden, where the company is still based today. Surrounded by hundreds of years of history in this working building, many of the products he designed became iconic and the company he founded would help shape modern British product design.
Robert Welch’s design legacy remains remarkably strong seven decades on, a testament to the enduring quality of the designer’s products. Illustrated with exclusive material from the Robert Welch Archive, including working sketches and rare archive photography, and with a foreword from Alice and Rupert Welch, Robert’s children and successors at the head of the family business, this book offers a truly personal insight into the life and work of this ground-breaking designer.
Robert Welch – Design: Craft and Industry traces both the progress of Welch’s career, design philosophy and the evolution of the company and products that he created. Whether you are hoping to identify your treasured heirlooms or looking for a gift for someone with an abiding passion for mid-century design icons, this is the definitive book on one of the 20th century’s most loved product designers.
Authors: Charlotte and Peter Fiell Publisher: Laurence King Publishing ISBN: 9781780676050
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