Christian Barman


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An important first‐generation British industrial designer of the interwar years, Barman is widely recognized for his 1936 electric iron for HMV, a company for whom be began designing in 1933. He had studied architecture at Liverpool University and ran his own practice until 1935 when he was invited by Frank Pick to take up the post of Publicity Officer at London Transport. He played a key role in presenting its design policy until 1941. The latter had enjoyed a progressive period of innovations in architecture, equipment, signage, graphic design, and street furniture under Pick's stewardship. After a period as assistant director of Post‐War Building at the Ministry of Works and publicity officer for the Great Western Railway, from 1947 to 1963 Barman was head of publicity for the British Transport Commission. He was elected as a Royal Designer for Industry in 1948, served as president of the Society of Industrial Artists (see Chartered Society of Designers) from 1949 to 1950 and received the Order of the British Empire in 1963. He also edited the Architectural Review and the Architects' Journal and published a number of books on design including Early British Railways and The Man Who Built London Transport: A Biography of Frank Pick (1979).

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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