It’s 100 years since the Omega Workshops were founded by the painter, designer and critic Roger Fry in July 1913, although many of the designs created there still look strikingly modern today. The designers who worked for Omega were almost all fine artists, including Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other members of the Bloomsbury group, and they introduced an avant-garde artistic style to domestic design.
The Omega artists produced a wide range of products, including murals, mosaics, stained glass, furniture, pottery and textiles, and aimed to close the gap between fine and decorative art. Their work was bold and abstract, reflecting the influence of Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism. Fry felt that items should be bought for their aesthetic appeal, not because they were designed by a particular person, so none of the work was signed, but instead carried the Greek letter Omega. Continue reading »