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date: 27 October 2020

Omega Workshops 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists
Author(s):

Ian Chilvers

Decorative arts company founded by Roger Fry in London in 1913 with the twin aims of improving the standard of design in Britain and providing work for the young avant-garde artists in his circle. (Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and it has been suggested that Fry chose the name to indicate its products were ‘the last word’ in design, but in fact he seems to have picked it because it was anonymous but easy to remember and in addition to being a word was a sign that could be used as a trademark.) Fry disliked the smooth finish of machine products, and Omega works characteristically have the irregularities of hand craftsmanship, although the furniture it sold was originally bought ready-made and then painted on the premises, and its linens were expertly printed in France. Its other products included ceramics and carpets. The favourite Omega motifs included flowers, nudes, and abstract patterns, and colour was often very bright; ... ...

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