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Tibor Reich

(1916—1996)


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(1916–96)

Hungarian born Reich was an innovative woven and printed textile, ceramic, and graphic designer who also contributed designs for G Plan, Gordon Russell, and Ercol furniture. In the 1930s he studied textile design in Vienna, where he was influenced by the legacy of the Wiener Werkstätte and the Bauhaus. With the rise of Nazism in Europe Reich emigrated to Britain and studied at the textile department at Leeds University in the later 1930s. After graduating he worked for the Tootal textile manufacturing company, going on to establish his own textile firm, Tibor Limited (1945–1978) near Stratford on Avon. He first worked on woven, textured textiles, moving into printed textiles in the 1950s. His brightly coloured designs made an impact on home furnishing of the period. Reich also designed a textile for Princess Elizabeth's wedding (selected by the Commonwealth of Wool Growers), as well as a series of commissions for the British Royal family, including curtain textiles for Windsor Castle and upholstery textiles for the Royal Yacht Britannia. Other significant commissions included a range of textiles for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford to mark the Festival of Britain in 1951, and tapestries for Coventry Cathedral and Manchester University. Tibor Textiles opened a London showroom in the 1960s, further promoting his designs in the domestic, office, and contract sectors. His fabric designs were used for a wide variety of clients including Lotus Cars, the supersonic airliner Concorde, cruise liners, and halls of residence in the new universities of the 1960s. He was also awarded a Design Centre Award for his photographically based Flamingo printed textile in 1957, the Award's inaugural year, and the Textile Institute's Design Medal in 1973. Reich also designed in other media including Tigo, a black and white pottery range for Denby, carpets for a number of companies including Wilton, greetings cards, and first day covers.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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