Circa 1970s | Glass
In business since the 1600s, by the 20th
century the metro London works of Whitefriars Glass dominated British handmade decorative and art glassware. From the 1950s through the 1970s, chief designer Geoffrey Baxter evolved an international reputation. His early work favors a sleek Scandinavian look. Later creations delve deeply into Brutalist textures — but with quirky shapes, unusual colors, and a light touch. Witness a famous “Drunken Bricklayer” vase at right, in tangerine; accompanied by a “Bark” model in aubergine, and a knobby bud vase in sage.