Gaby Schreiber

(c. 1916—1991)

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(c. 1916–1991)

A leading British industrial and interior designer, Austrian‐born Schreiber (née Wolff) initially gained recognition for her work in plastics begun during the Second World War, branching out into kitchen design and catering equipment in the post‐war years. She established her own design consultancy, Gaby Schreiber & Associates in 1943 and, through the recruitment of a team of disciplinary design specialists, developed the potential to deal with all kinds of commissions right across the design spectrum, from product to engineering design, and from architecture and interiors to graphic design. She worked for many prestigious clients including British European Airways, the British Overseas Airways Corporation, Cunard, Hawker Siddeley Aviation, and Marks & Spencer and served on a number of prominent competition juries, including the Design Awards scheme run by the Council of Industrial Design (COID, See Design cOUNCIL.

She arrived in Britain shortly before the Second World War, having trained in art, stage, and interior design in Vienna, Florence, Berlin, and Paris. After showing at the Britain Can Make It Exhibition of 1946 her work was increasingly in demand, particularly from the 1950s onwards, when she undertook a range of aircraft interiors for Boeing (1957–63) and work for Cunard including the Cunarder and QE2 ocean liners. She also designed many interiors for leading department stores, retailing outlets, and businesses. In addition to managing Gaby Schreiber & Associates, by the 1960s she also headed a trading company, Convel Ltd., and Convel Design International, a design consultancy based in Brussels. Schreiber was prominent in a number of national and international organizations, most of which had only a modest proportion of women members. These included the COID, on which she served between 1960 and 1962, and the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (SIAD, See Chartered Society of Designers), of which she was a Fellow. She was also a Council Member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), serving as the UK delegate at the General Assembly of 1961. Her work is represented in many major international design collections including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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