[Gillian Naylor]


Profession: Design historian

Date of birth: 14 August 1931
Place of birth: Sheffield, Yorkshire

Interviewer: Briony Salton
Location of recording: Gillian Naylor’s Home, Hove, Sussex

Gillian Naylor is a Professor of the Royal College of Art where she taught for 25 years until her retirement in 1996, and was a key member of the teaching and research staff on the Royal College of Art/V&A Museum History of Design MA where she taught generations of design historians. After studying Modern Languages at Oxford, she worked as a features writer and editor for Design magazine at the CoID, later the Design Council, where she met key figures in the world of design. She subsequently began her career teaching art and design students about the history of design. Her publications on the Arts and Crafts movement, on the Bauhaus, on William Morris, and on the Bloomsbury group artists have become standard texts for students of design history. In 1997 she delivered the Reyner Banham Memorial Lecture at the V&A, ‘Theory and Design: The Banham Factor’. She is a Patron of the Design History Society.

Extracts have been selected by Linda Sandino with the consent of Gillian Naylor.

28 February 2007
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17 March 2007
[Naylor Track 6] audio extract about the Utility Scheme and wartime restrictions.
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[Naylor Track 9] with audio extract about working at Design magazine in the late 1950s.

28 March 2007
[Naylor Track 10] with further audio extracts about good design at Design magazine and the Design Council/CoID,, and the beginnings of GN’s interest in the history of design.
[Naylor Track 11] with audio extract about the impact of the Summerson Report on art and design education.
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4 April 2007
[Naylor Track 13] with audio extract about the student activisim in the 1960s, and the tensions between Art History and Design History.

18th April 2007
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3rd May 2007
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11th May 2007
[Naylor Track 19]* with audio extract about the evolution of the craft course at the Royal College of Art History of Design MA.
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18th May 2007
[Naylor Track 21] with audio extract about tutorials at the Royal College of Art; and about research at the Bauhaus archive in East Germany.
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14th July 2007
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[Naylor Track 24] with audio extract about owning kitsch ornaments.

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Publications [selected]
Naylor, G. (ed) (1990). Bloomsbury: the Artists, Authors and Designers by themselves, London:Pyramid.
Naylor, G. and W. Kaplan (1989). The Encyclopedia of Arts and Crafts: The International Arts Movement, 1850-1920. New Yor: E.P. Dutton.
Morris, W. and G. Naylor (1988). William Morris by Himself : Designs and Writings. London: Macdonald Orbis.
Naylor, G. (1985). The Bauhaus Reassessed: Sources and Design Theory. London: Herbert Press.
Naylor, G. (1971). The Arts and Crafts Movement: A Study of its Sources, Ideals, and Influence on Design Theory. London: Studio Vista. [2nd Edn. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1985) .
Guimard, H., G. Naylor, et al. (1978). Hector Guimard. New York: Rizzoli.
Naylor, G. (1968). The Bauhaus. London: Studio Vista.

Naylor, G. (2001). "Workday Beauty: Gordon Russell's influence on the Festival." Crafts (172): 44-45.
Naylor, G. (1999). "Clive Wainwright 1942-1999." Journal of Design History 12(4): 369-71.
Naylor, G. (1997). "Theory and Design: The Banham Factor (The Ninth Reyner Banham Memorial Lecture)." Journal of Design History 10(3): 241-52.
Naylor, G. (1994). "Twentieth Century Silver." Crafts 126(January/February 1994): 51.
Naylor, G. (1993). "The Critic's Eye." Crafts 120(January/February 1993): 20.
Rudge, G. and G. Naylor (1990). "NordForm 90." Crafts 107(November/December 1990): 48-50.
Naylor, G. (1984). "An Invertebrate Kind of Ornament." Art & Artists 218(November 1984): 21-3.

Naylor, G. (1999). "Finnish Modern design (Book Review)." Journal of Design History 12(3): 301-4.
Naylor, G. (1995). "William Morris (Book Review)." Crafts 132(January/February 1995): 59-60.
Naylor, G. (1995). "Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Book Review)." Crafts 137(November/December 1995): 41-3.
Naylor, G. (1994). "The Abc's of {triangle} {square} {circle}: The Bauhaus and Design Theory (Book Review)." Crafts 127(March/April 1994): 59-60.
Naylor, G. (1994). "Bauhaus Textiles: Women Artists and the Weaving Workshop (Book Review)." Crafts 127(March/April 1994): 59-60.
Naylor, G. (1994). "Design Museum, London (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 128(May/June 1994): 54.
Naylor, G. (1994). "Art and the National Dream (Book Review)." Crafts 129(July/August 1994): 59-60.
Naylor, G. (1993). "Edward Barnsley and His Workshop (Book Review)." Crafts 124(September/October 1993): 55-6.
Naylor, G. (1993). "Christopher Dresser (Book Review)." Crafts 125(November/December 1993): 59-60.
Naylor, G. (1993). "Modernism and the Decorative Arts in France (Book Review)." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 52(September 1993): 363-5.
Naylor, G. (1993). "Venetian Glass 1890-1990 (Book Review)." Crafts 124(September/October 1993): 56-7.
Naylor, G. (1992). "Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell: Design and Decoration 1910-1960 (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 114(January/February 1992): 53-4.
Naylor, G. (1992). "South East Arts Craft Collection (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 115(March/April 1992): 52-3.
Naylor, G. (1992). "Influential Europeans (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 118(September/October 1992): 48-9.
Naylor, G. (1991). "Eric Gill and the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 109(March/April 1991): 50.
Naylor, G. (1991). "Christopher Dresser (Book Review)." Crafts
109(March/April 1991): 58-9.
Naylor, G. (1990). "William Morris and News from Nowhere (Book Review)." Crafts 107(November/December 1990): 58-9.
Naylor, G. (1989). "Lustrous life (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 99(July/August 1989): 46-9.
Naylor, G. (1988). "Eileen Gray, Architect/Designer (Book Review)." Design Magazine 471(March 1988): 50.
Naylor, G. (1987). "Weimar Ceramics (Exhibition Review)." Crafts 84(January/February 1987): 53.