FuturLiberty: Liberty Fabrics and the Avant-garde
Ester Coen, Richard Cork
Thames & Hudson, 2023
Liberty is renowned internationally for its fabrics, especially its floral patterns, but it also has a long history of developing bold, geometric designs. Many of these were inspired by early twentieth-century avant-garde art, notably by Italian Futurists, such as Giacomo Balla and Umberto Boccioni, and their English contemporaries the Vorticists, including Christopher Nevinson and Edward Wadsworth.
In anticipation of Liberty’s 150th anniversary, renowned couturier and interior designer Federico Forquet has curated a striking new range of fabrics―the FuturLiberty Collection―that carries Liberty’s creative heritage into our own age.
The Futurist and Vorticist art that lies behind the new designs is explored by specialists Ester Coen and Richard Cork, while archivist Anna Buruma examines Liberty’s rich history of avant-garde designs. By illuminating the process by which the FuturLiberty Collection came into being, this highly visual study also reveals how art can inform design, making it contemporary, relevant, and engaging.