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Dr Fiona Fisher

Curator/Researcher

About

I am the curator of Kingston University's Dorich House Museum, the former studio home of the sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband, the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature, and a researcher in design history in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, where I support the research and activities of the Modern Interiors Research Centre. I graduated from Kingston University in 2004, with a BA (Hons) in Art, Architecture and Design History and, in 2008, was awarded a PhD for my research into the design of London's late nineteenth century public houses.  I have co-convened the Modern Interiors Research Centre's annual conference since 2008 and am a co-editor of its most recent anthologies, The Routledge Companion to Design Studies, Routledge, 2017 (with Penny Sparke), British Design: Tradition And Modernity After 1948, Bloomsbury, 2016 (with Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood) and Performance, Fashion And The Modern Interior: From The Victorians To Today, Berg, 2011 (with Trevor Keeble, Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Brenda Martin).  My research into the British architect Kenneth Wood was supported by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship in 2011 and 2012 and is published as: Designing the British Post-War Home: Kenneth Wood, 1948-1968 (Routledge Research in Architecture Series, 2015). My short film on Wood, A Modernist in Suburbia, made in collaboration with Gilly Booth/hijack, was short-listed in the Anniversary Award category for best AHRC/AHRB-funded film at the inaugural AHRC Research in Film Awards.  My commissioned research projects include (with Rebecca Preston, Royal Holloway) an area study of Bristol's public houses for Historic England, The Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Public House in Bristol (2015).  I am the managing editor of the Journal of Design History and a co-editor (with David Falkner and Jeanine Richards) of Dora: Dialogues on Women's Creative Practice and Thinking.

Areas of specialism

  • interior design history
  • the visual, material and spatial culture of the modern public house
  • the design and decoration of late nineteenth and early twentieth century public leisure interiors
  • the architecture and interior design of the British post-war home

Qualifications

  • PhD (Kingston University, 2008)
  • BA (Hons) Art, Architecture and Design History (Kingston University, 2004)

Research

My research covers the history of the design of the modern interior from c.1870 to today, with a focus on the relationship between public and private interiors. I am interested in the design of everyday leisure spaces, such as public houses, shops, restaurants and cafes and in the ways in which they support different forms of identification and social use. My current research on the design of the British pub at home and abroad considers expressions of domesticity and national identity within the sphere of international leisure.

Publications

Number of items: 45.

Article

Fisher, Fiona (2015) Kenneth Wood : modern Surrey houses of the 1950s and 1960s. Twentieth Century Society Journal(12), pp. 156-171.

Fisher, Fiona (2012) The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, 1901-1910. Journal of Design History, 25(4), pp. 427-429. ISSN (print) 0952-4649

Fisher, Fiona (2012) Presenting the perfect pint: drink and visual pleasure in late nineteenth-century London. Visual Resources, 28(4), pp. 324-339. ISSN (print) 0197-3762

Book

Sparke, Penny and Fisher, Fiona, eds. (2016) The Routledge companion to design studies. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 553p. (Routledge Companions) ISBN 9781138780507

Breward, Christopher , Fisher, Fiona and Wood, Ghislaine, eds. (2015) British design: tradition and modernity after 1948. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 221p. ISBN 9781472505378

Fisher, Fiona (2015) Designing the British Post-War Home: Kenneth Wood, 1948-1968. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 182p. (Routledge Research in Architecture) ISBN 9780415823548

Black, Jonathan , Falkner, David , Fisher, Fiona , Lloyd, Fran , Preston, Rebecca and Sparke, Penny, eds. (2013) Picker House and collection: a late 1960s home for art and design. London, U.K. : Philip Wilson. 211p. ISBN 9781781300053

Fisher, Fiona , Lara-Betancourt, Patricia , Keeble, Trevor and Martin, Brenda, eds. (2011) Performance, fashion and the modern interior: from the Victorians to today. Oxford, U.K. : Berg. 352p. ISBN 9781847887818

Book Section

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Brown, Eleanor Stockstrom McMillen (1890-1991). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 198-198. ISBN 9781472521545

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Cliffe, Clarice (1899-1972). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 249-249. ISBN 9781472521545

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Colefax, Lady Sibyl (1874-1950). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 258-259. ISBN 9781472521545

Fisher, Fiona (2016) De Morgan, William Frend (1839-1917). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 342-342. ISBN 9781472521545

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Draper, Dorothy Tuckerman (1889-1969). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 434-434. ISBN 9781472521545

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Fowler, John (1906-77). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 36-36. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Hadley, Albert (1920-2012). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 127-128. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Hicks, David Nightingale (1929-98). In: Edwards, clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 149-150. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Jiřičná, Eva (1939-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 259-259. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Koppel, Henning (1918-81). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 292-293. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Lindberg, Frederick Stigurd (Stig) (1916-82). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 323-324. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) McClelland, Nancy Vincent (1877-1959). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 364-365. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Mellor, David Rogerson (1930-2009). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 371-372. ISBN 9781472521552

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Parish, Sister (Dorothy May Kinnicutt) (1910-94). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 35-36. ISBN 9781472521569

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Queensberry Hunt (David Queensberry [1929-] and Martin Hunt [1942-]). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 132-133. ISBN 9781472521569

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Regulating design : spaces and boundaries of the late nineteenth-century public house. In: Sparke, Penny and Fisher, Fiona, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Design Studies. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 421-432. ISBN 9781138780507

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Robsjohn-Gibbings, Terence (1905-76). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 164-164. ISBN 9781472521569

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Stabler, Harold (1872-1945). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 258-258. ISBN 9781472521569

Fisher, Fiona (2016) Weil, Daniel (1953-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 410-410. ISBN 9781472521569

Sparke, Penny and Fisher, Fiona (2015) The spaces and places of British modernity. In: Breward, Christopher , Fisher, Fiona and Wood, Ghislaine, (eds.) British design : tradition and modernity after 1948. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 15-24. ISBN 9781472505378

Fisher, Fiona (2013) The Picker House: a British house with an international outlook. In: Black, Jonathan , Falkner, David , Fisher, Fiona , Lloyd, Fran , Preston, Rebecca and Sparke, Penny, (eds.) The Picker House and collection: a late 1960's home for art and design. London, U.K. : Philip Wilson. pp. 13-46. ISBN 9781781300053

Fisher, Fiona (2013) Viewing the early twentieth-century institutional interior through the pages of Living London. In: Hamlett, Jane , Hoskins, Lesley and Preston, Rebecca, (eds.) Residential institutions in Britain, 1725-1970: inmates and environments. London, U.K. : Pickering & Chatto. pp. 17-33. ISBN 9781848933668

Black, Jonathan, Fisher, Fiona and Sparke, Penny (2012) Leisure interiors in the work of the Camden Town Group. In: Bonett, Helena , Holt, Ysanne and Munday, Jennifer, (eds.) The Camden Town Group in context. London, U.K. : Tate.

Fisher, Fiona (2011) 1940-1970. In: Fisher, Fiona , Lara-Betancourt, Patricia , Keeble, Trevor and Martin, Brenda, (eds.) Performance, fashion and the modern interior: from the Victorians to today. Oxford, U.K. : Berg. pp. 137-144. ISBN 9781847887825

Fisher, Fiona (2009) Privacy and supervision in the modernised public house, 1872-1902. In: Sparke, Penny , Massey, Anne , Keeble, Trevor and Martin, Brenda, (eds.) Designing the modern interior: from the Victorians to today. Oxford, U.K. : Berg. pp. 41-52. ISBN 9781847882882

Conference or Workshop Item

Fisher, Fiona and Sparke, Penny (2014) The Picker House: charting the boundaries of British architectural and interior design practice in the 1960s. In: IDEC 2014 Annual Conference; 6-10 Mar 2014, New Orleans, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Fisher, Fiona and Preston, Rebecca (2013) A living green background to the works of art: the site and gardens of a late 1960s home for art and design. In: History of Gardens and Landscapes; 17 May 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Fisher, Fiona (2011) Kenneth Wood Associates: projects. In: Picker One; 27 Jun 2011, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Fisher, Fiona (2011) Presenting the perfect pint: drinking and visual pleasure in late nineteenth century London. In: Food and Drink: their Social, Political and Cultural Histories; 15-17 Jun 2011, Preston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Fisher, Fiona (2010) Viewing the institutional interior through the pages of Living London. In: Inhabiting institutions in Britain 1700-1950; 14-15 Sep 2010, London, U.K..

Fisher, Fiona (2009) Kenneth Wood - modern architecture for an art collector, the Stanley Picker House (1968) and other work. In: 'Suburban modernity' - modern homes in Surrey; 19 Feb 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Fisher, Fiona (2006) Glass politics: visual hierarchies in the late Victorian public house. In: Futures: art, architecture and design histories for the twenty-first century; 01 Mar 2006, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Fisher, Fiona (2005) Real place, imagined space? The artistic image as visual evidence. In: Locating Design: The Design History Society Annual Conference; 07 - 09 Sep 2005, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Exhibition

Rossi, Catharine [Curator of an exhibition], Kelly, Ben [Designer] and Fisher, Fiona [Research team member] (2014) Space Electronic : Then and Now. 14th International Architecture Exhibition. .

Monograph

Fisher, Fiona and Preston, Rebecca (2015) The Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Public House in Bristol. (Project Report) Online : Historic England. 521 p.

Moving Image/Broadcast

Fisher, Fiona [Creator] and Booth, Gilly [Creator] (2012) Kenneth Wood: a modernist in suburbia. (Short Film). Master - First Edition.

Thesis

Fisher, Fiona Elizabeth (2007) In public, in private: design and modernisation in the London public house, 1872-1902. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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