Laurence King publishers recently sent me a pre-launch copy of a new book about Robert Welch by Charlotte and Peter Fiell.
Inviting me to review it is hardly a big ask as Graham and I have long been fans of both the designer and the company and have often given each other selected designs (both historical and current) as gifts at Christmas. As a result we've accumulated a modest sized collection of Robert Welch tableware, candleholders and other pieces.
Robert Welch - Design: Craft and Industry documents the incredible and prolific outputs of Robert Welch, one of the most talented and respected British designers of the twentieth century. It charts his life, from early beginnings at Malvern School of Art and Birmingham School of Art and then onto the Royal College of Art before setting up a successful design practice, workshop and store in Chipping Campden.