The design book of Filippo Orsoni

These pages come from an album of drawings in pen, ink and wash with yellow watercolour. The album contains 306 pages of designs for armour and weapons. These designs were the work of a little-known painter called Filippo Orsoni, from Mantua in northern Italy. One of the pages is dated 1554. Orsoni may have wanted the designs to be published as many are annotated with self-promoting captions that openly tout for business.

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Award-Winning British Design: 1957-1988

Award-Winning British Design: 1957-1988

In 1957 the UK Design Centre launched the first annual Designs of the Year Awards to identify and promote the very best of British design. For the nex…

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