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Publication Date: 2015-04-14


Designer Who's Who: John Dickinson

John Dickinson is a 20th century designer who died in 1982. He was a top decorator in San Francisco during the 60’s and 70’s known for his monochromatic interiors, but his real legacy today is his highly original furniture pieces. Dickinson’s work is whimsical. He plays with trompe-l’oeil to create objects out of concrete and steel that evoke animal-like legs, femurs, tree branches and table skirts. Although considered “innovative” and “modern ” he drew on historical motifs including classical, African and Art Deco influences. His signature chalk white finish directly relates to the work of 1920’s-1930’s designers Jean-Michel Frank and Serge Roche (future Designer Who’s Who subjects).


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