If you love mid century modern design like I do, then take a trip to Manchester to see the Tibor Reich exhibition at The Whitworth Gallery. It’s an inspiring collection of fabric, ceramics, original design swatches and displays all about his life and design process. I danced around the gallery like a kid in a sweet shop it was so exciting!
Tibor Reich was such an inspirational man, a real innovator of his time. What really struck me about his work was how current the designs are. I do believe that the Tibor company has been restarted with his grandson at the helm.
Tibor was inspired by nature and would take his camera out to take photos of textures which he then used to make patterns. Now we take using photos for granted with the ease of using Photoshop but this was very avant-garde at the time. The patterns produced were woven into the material resulting in deep textures, and they also printed fabric too.
Take a look at this amazing old film from British Pathé of Tibor’s design process. I love how one part of the print is duplicated and then cut up and rearranged to form a motif:
While the fabrics were beautiful, I was really taken by the ceramics Tibor designed for Denby pottery under the name of Tigo-Ware. I really hope Tibor start to make them again as I will collect them for sure.
There is a fabulous book all about Tibor Reich available from the gallery shop, and I’ve just discovered you can buy it online here.
The exhibition runs at The Whitworth in Manchester until 29th August 2016.