Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Two exhibitions for the price of one!
I entered the Very Sanderson exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum thinking it was to be a story about the evolution of wallpaper design, colours and fashions in taste. I wasn't disappointed but what I hadn't expected was to be equally fascinated by the history of the company!
Arthur Sanderson and later his three sons were clever businessmen with vision, daring and acumen. In the early 20th century the company bought up others, imported new materials, explored new manufacturing techniques, expanded the product range to include paints and fabric, had inventive marketing techniques, provided impeccable costumer service, encouraged young designers and much more. By the end of that century and the beginning of this, the company was itself bought and sold a number of times but maintained its ability to appeal, to adapt and to progress throughout.
So, two exhibitions for the price of one!