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Pattern Design

With over 1,500 illustrations

Elizabeth Wilhide


Over 1,500 of the world's most popular and influential patterns gathered together in a unique reference book

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The ultimate visual encyclopaedia, Pattern Design features more than 1,500 images of the world’s most popular and influential patterns. Organized by theme from flora to geometric, from pictorial to psychedelic, this invaluable resource also includes in-depth features on the work of key designers from the rich history of pattern-making, including William Morris, Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames, Lucienne Day and Orla Kiely. This inspiring sourcebook is an essential creative tool for design professionals, students and aficionados alike.


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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.5 x 22.3 cm

Extent: 672 pp

Publication date: 18 October 2018

ISBN: 9780500021484

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Flora: Specific; generic and multi-floral; Vegetal forms • 2. Fauna: Specific; Menagerie; Mythical Creatures • 3. Geometric: Linear; Curved; Grids and Knots; Composite • 4. Pictorial: The Huma Figure; Scenic; Travel; Household; Work; Play; Costume • 5. Abstract: Free Form; Optical; Camouflage; Scientific; Psychedelic; Signs and Symbols • Features on Designers

About the Author

Elizabeth Wilhide is the author of many books on design and interiors, including William Morris: Décor and Design, Sir Edwin Lutyens: Design in the English Tradition, The Mackintosh Style, Surface and Finish and Scandinavian Home. Most recently, she was consultant editor and contributor to Design: The Whole Story, published by Thames & Hudson.