He was a ghost designer, in the shadows and unrecognized during his life and now the largest collection of his work will be out on show for all to see. The name Archibald Knox and the designs he did for Liberty & Co, the famous London store, are today some of the most desirable in the 20th century Decorative Arts genre
This year marks the 150th anniversary of his birth and in June at the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair in London there will be a special exhibition. Run in association with the Archibald Knox Society many of these iconic designs will be able to be appreciated together for the first time ever. The story of his life and relationship with Arthur Lazenby Liberty who founded Liberty & Co in 1875 is one that continues to fascinate. Arthur Liberty promoted the ideal of objects designed and manufactured for “a taste and fashion conscious buying public”. To this end most of Liberty’s wares were stamped with the mark of Liberty & Co without identifying the designer or the maker, as only the Liberty name was meant to be publicized.