A new book written by Adrian Shaughnessy and designed by Tony Brook finds Henrion to be a key figure in branding and identity development.
Unit Editions, the publishing arm of Shaughnessy and Brook’s consultancy Spin says, ‘In the 1960s Henrion became the founding father of modern corporate identity in Europe.’
FHK Henrion’s career took him from trainee textile designer, to celebrated poster artist and eventually jewellery designer.
Born in Germany he became a British citizen after WWII and went on to design publications, exhibitions, household products, interiors and jewelry.
An educator and a spokesman for the profession, he also published books, wrote articles and lectured.
Unit Editions says, ‘He was also a designer with a social conscience, and a designer who rebelled against the over-commercialisation of the design profession in the 1980s.’
Despite this illustrious career, Unit Editions claims this is the first comprehensive monograph of the work of FHK Henrion.
In the book there’s a chance to see examples of his early experiments distilled in pre-war poster art and the identities he created.
FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer is published by Unit Editions, edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy and designed by Spin, and priced £65