Abram Games and John Piper

The latest releases in the Antique Collectors Club’s Design series look at two key figures of post-war British design – one ubiquitous, and one less well-known.

Abram Games cover

Abram Games is probably best-known for the Festival of Britain identity – an image that came to represent Great Britain’s burgeoning creative power in the 1950s.

London Underground poster by Abram Games
London Underground poster by Abram Games

An official war artist during World War Two, Games created more than 100 posters. He was apparently determined to become one of Britain’s greatest poster designers and said at the start of his career, ‘I have a small talent, which I polish like a diamond.’

Posters by Abram Games
Posters by Abram Games

The new ACC book, Abram Games: Design, is written by Games’ daughter Naomi with Webb & Webb’s Brian Webb and features nearly 200 illustrations from Games’ personal archive.

Concurrent with the Games book, ACC is also publishing an introduction to the work of John Piper, an abstract painter and designer who worked in stained glass, ceramics and pytrotechnics, among other media.

Work by John Piper
Work by John Piper

Like Games, Piper worked as a war artist in World War Two, before designing a key work for the Festival of Britain, in his case a mural.

Piper’s other projects include stained-glass windows at Coventry Cathedral, set designs for Benjamin Britten operas at Glyndbourne, and several major fireworks displays.

Work by John Piper
Work by John Piper

ACC’s book, by Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith, features a selection of Piper’s work, across all media.

John Piper cover

Both books are designed by Webb & Webb Design, which has been working on the ACC Design series for eight years. Webb & Webb’s James Webb says the consultancy has introduced a new style – putting the subject’s name first and using full-colour covers.

Abram Games: Design and John Piper: Design are published by the Antique Collectors Club in June priced at £12.50 each.

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