Gordon Russell

About Gordon Russell

Gordon Russell (1892 - 1980) was born in London. As a teenager he was inspired by the arts and crafts movement when he moved with his family to Broadway in the Cotswolds in 1904. After serving as an Officer in the First World War, he went on to establish himself as one of the most successful British furniture designers of the twentieth century. The company bearing his name came to be highly respected and regarded as a symbol of great quality.

Gordon was the first chairman of what is now called the Design Council in 1947 and played an instrumental part in the design and manufacture of post war furniture that helped the country re-build after the second world war. He was awarded a knighthood in 1955 for services to design and wrote a number of books on furniture.

His story and the influence that he and his business had is beautifully captured by the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway, High Wycombe. gordonrusselldesignmuseum.org

The company is now owned by William Hands, another established manufacturer of fine furniture founded in 1906.

Image credit: Gordon Russell Design Museum