Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was a writer, scholar and innovative designer. He was born in Glasgow and from the age of thirteen studied Applied Design and Botany at the Government School of Design in London.
Dresser is particularly renowned for the exquisite designs he produced for metalwork objects in the 1870s and 1880s. These were sold to several manufacturers, including Hukin & Heath of Birmingham and James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield. He also produced designs for textiles, wallpaper, furniture, porcelain and earthenware for companies such as Minton and Wedgwood.
Japanese art and design was a source of inspiration for Dresser. His designs were popular because they met the demand of a fashionable section of consumers for Japanese-inspired objects. They were also indispensable, everyday objects like toast racks and condiment sets, sold at affordable prices.