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70s Style & Design: Beyond the Avocado Suite

Debunking Jon Savage's 'The decade that taste forgot,' (The Face, February 1988) is a book by Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop, 70s Style & Design. This book has rescued the decade from parody and presents it as a vitally important period in the creative arts.  So forget the cliches of avocado suites for the bathroom and crimplene flares, this book argues that today's design owes a ...

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Competition Prize: Celia Birtwell Book

Avocado Sweet is delighted to be giving away this Celia Birtwell book as a competition prize. The book was published by Quadrille this week (3 October 2011) and is worth £30. As you might expect from a textile designer, the hardback book is a piece of beautiful design in itself filled with colourful sketches and designs from throughout her career. The book charts her life, from working with husband an ...

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Celia Birtwell: Telling her own story

After forty years of being represented by men; favourably by good friend David Hockney in Mrs and Mrs Clark and Percy (above), and later, less flatteringly in ex-husband, Ossie Clark's diaries, designer Celia Birtwell is publishing her own story. She chose style writer, Dominic Lutyens to help write about her life and work.  In a refreshing contrast to the current trend in autobiographies she has a ...

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