A Major New Book Celebrates Woman Designers

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Photo credit: Courtesy Phaidon - Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Courtesy Phaidon - Hearst Owned

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Architect Jane Hall is helping the century's preeminent woman designers claim their spots in history with a curated collection spotlighting their works.

Last week, Hall released Woman Made: Great Women Designers, featuring the publishing world's most extensive A-to-Z collection of designs created by women. The collection tells the stories of overlooked women in design, paying homage to a diverse set of works that changed the landscape of modern architecture and decor. It proves the extent to which women have impacted the design world throughout the century—whether or not they were rightfully recognized.

The collection features pieces designed across 50 countries by more than 200 women, including big names like Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll, Ilse Crawford, Faye Toogood, and Nathalie du Pasquier, along with women who were lesser known during their time. Dating from the 20th century to the present, the book's designs range from furniture to textile, product, and lighting pieces. Each one comes with a description written by Hall.

Hall deliberately listed designers' names alphabetically throughout the collection. "With the A to Z structure, loads of contrasts come through so you don't end up with a chronology, and you actually start to just see objects outside of the time in which they're presented," Hall told Dezeen. "You have women across time sitting next to each other—so you've got someone like Zaha Hadid sandwiched between Greta Grossman and Virginia Hamill, who worked in department stores. This creates really interesting juxtapositions."

She homed in on pieces that were functional objects for the home, as she feels they more intimately reflect the inner worlds and social circumstances of the designers who built them. "The home is the site where you can, in a way, trace how women's roles have changed throughout the 20th and 21st century," Hall added. "So that was a nice tie-in to frame the narrative around women as designers. … The home is one of the things that we've [women] still been tied to."

You can explore samples of the works above and purchase Hall's collection below.

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