Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

On View: 
Friday, March 5, 2004 to Sunday, July 25, 2004

Christopher Dresser

Considered one of the first industrial designers, Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was also one of the most influential figures in design of the 19th century, focusing on methods of industrial production, emphasizing form over ornament, and drawing from an eclectic vocabulary of cultural sources. This exhibition, the first full-scale museum retrospective of Dresser’s work, introduced his work to American audiences.

Dresser used the new techniques developed during the Industrial Revolution to make beautiful objects and interiors that were accessible to an ever-growing middle-class of consumers. The more than 350 objects on display demonstrate the balance Dresser pursued between mass production and the integrity of a products’ design.