Gordon Russell (designer)
Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell (20 May 1892 – 7 October 1980) was an English designer, craftsman and educationist.
He came under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement from 1904 after his father had moved to Broadway in the Cotswolds to be hotelier at the Lygon Arms, through the Guild of Handicraft, the community of metalworkers, enamellers, wood carvers, furniture makers, and printers brought in 1902 by C. R. Ashbee from east London to Chipping Campden.
Following service as an officer in World War I, for which he was awarded the Military Cross in 1918, he became a furniture maker and designer. In 1925 Russell won a Gold Medal at the Paris Exhibition with a cabinet, with internal drawers lined with boxwood, ebony and laburnum, and valued in 2013 at £50,000 - £60,000.
During World War II he was instrumental in developing utility furniture as Chairman of the government's Utility Furniture Design Panel. In 1943 he became Chairman of the Utility Design Panel.In 1947 Gordon Russell became director of the Council of Industrial Design (COID) (later renamed the Design Council. He became the first chairman of the Crafts Council.
He was awarded a knighthood in 1955 for services to design.
Portrait bust of Sir Gordon Russell
Gordon Russell sat for sculptor Alan Thornhill for a portrait in clay. The correspondence file relating to the Russell portrait bust is held in the archive of the Henry Moore Foundation's Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and the terracotta remains in the collection of the artist. A Bronze is in the collection of the Gordon Russell Museum in Broadway, Worcestershire.
References and sources
- Sir Gordon Russell at the ODNB
- "Cheltenham Town Hall 2". Antiques Roadshow. Series 35. Episode 19. 2013-04-14. BBC Television. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0159jb9. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- Woodham, Jonathan M. (1997) Twentieth-Century Design. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 118. ISBN 9780192842046
- portrait head of Sir Gordon Russell image of sculpture
- http://www.henry-moore-fdn.co.uk/matrix_engine/content.php?page_id=584 HMI Archive
- Gordon Russell Museum
- Fiona MacCarthy, "Russell, Sir (Sydney) Gordon (1892–1980)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 9 Dec 2006
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- The Gordon Russell Museum, Broadway, Worcestershire
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- Gordon Russell at John Nootts Gallery