Women Design

Today feels like a fitting day to review women design by Libby Sellers. 

It’s an unfortunate fact that many women designers have been oppressed by men throughout their careers and struggled to gain the recognition and opportunities that they deserved, and that this is still happening today. 

Re-writing history is so important for our future, and although I’d prefer to see women celebrated in equal measure to men in all future design books, I think women design has made an excellent start to giving women the recognition they deserve and educating designers today about the great women who came before them. 

Women Design is a collection of profiles of the most exciting and celebrated female product designers, architects, textile designers and innovators.

I was particularly interested by the section on Charlotte Perinand, since I had only heard of her as the namesake of a room at my school in Paris, but Libby Sellers has educated me to value her so much more! 

I have to rate this book 5/5 for effort to readdress the balance in representation of women designers. I found it to be an inspiring and engaging read, and also a very useful tool, in that the next time someone mentions a great male designer or architect I’ll be armed with my own female reference to contribute too! 

For now, I’m rushing to give this book to all the female designers I know so that they too can be armed with female references to bring to the table! 

 

Happy International Women’s Day! 

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