By Ruth Artmonsky and Brian Webb
Antique Collectors’ Club, 2013
I felt inspired to buy this book about Enid Marx (1902-1998) after reading an article in Elle Décor, and I’m very glad I did. Enid Marx (nicknamed “Marco”) became one of the most influential pattern designers of her time in Britain. In 1944, she earned the honor of being named a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI)—one of only a few women to earn the title—and was the first and only person to be named Royal Designer for Industry in pattern making. Her work can still be bought today and is also housed in museum collections.
wartime Utility Furniture scheme to produce affordable furniture. Her designs were popular and had a singular, unique style. Her aesthetic is beautiful and fascinating—I love her abstract designs—and I found myself going through the color plates several times. The book is a wonderful read, outlining Marx’s journey from her student days to being an industry leader. She is inspiring as a designer and as a woman navigating business in a world of men at the time. If you love history and want to discover her work (or rediscover if you’ve seen her work before) this is a great addition to your library.