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The Story of Design


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Charlotte and Peter Fiell are leading authorities on the history, theory and criticism of design and have written over fifty books on the subject. Charlotte studied at the British Institute in Florence and at Camberwell College of Arts (UAL), London, where she studied the History of Drawing and Printmaking with Material Science. She later trained at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, where Peter had also previously studied. In the late 1980s the Fiells opened a design gallery in London's King's Road and through this acquired a rare hands-on knowledge of modern design. In 1991, the Fiell's first book Modern Furniture Classics since 1945 was published to widespread acclaim. Shortly afterward, Peter received an MA in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (UAL), London, and the Fiells decided to concentrate exclusively on communicating design more widely through authorship, curation, and teaching. From 1993 to 2007, they were the Editors-in-Charge of design books at Taschen, and subsequently established their own design-led imprint in 2008, which later merged with the Carlton Publishing Group. In 2013 they moved to Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, drawn by its associations with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, and where they continue to work as freelance authors, editors, and publishing consultants, as well as working increasingly within the realm of design legacy management.

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