In 1954 artists Nigel Henderson and Eduardo Paolozzi formed a creative partnership under the company name of Hammer Prints Limited. Over the course of the next seven years, the two artists established a commercial venture, collaboratively designing patterns and working with industry specialists to produce wallpapers, fabrics, ceramic tiles, furniture and tableware using their designs.
This new book is published by firstsite on the occasion of the exhibition Nigel Henderson & Eduardo Paolozzi: Hammer Prints Limited (8 December 2012 – 3 March 2013). Based on original research, the exhibition charts the history of Hammer Prints within the context of their broader artistic output and other collaborations such as the exhibitions, Parallel of Life and Art (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1953) and This is Tomorrow (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1956).
The publication documents original exhibition research, features contributions from leading experts including firstsite curator Michelle Cotton, Eduardo Paolozzi’s biographer Robin Spencer, design historian Lesley Jackson, and includes full colour reproductions of the Hammer designs and artwork alongside hitherto unseen working material.