Donald Melvin: GSA student material

This week we’ve been cataloguing and repackaging a collection of works by Donald Melvin completed during his time as a student at Glasgow School of Art in the 1960s. The collection includes works carried out as part of classes such as, for example, Interior Design, the History of Furniture, Environmental Study and Woodcarving.

Environmental Study, Hilstons The Chemists Lanark, c1965-66

Environmental Study, Hilstons The Chemists Lanark, chalk on paper, c1965-66

The collection also includes sketches carried out during GSA summer schools abroad in Florence and in Norway, and some sketches of the area around the Glasgow School of Art campus in Garnethill.

Sketch of Florence, GSA Summer School, c1967-68

Sketch of Florence, GSA Summer School, c1967-68

View from Top Floor Studios, c1960s

View from Top Floor Studios, c1960s

The sketches for interiors are overtly typical of their time and feature iconic furniture such as chairs designed by Charles Eames and chaise lounges by Mies van der Rohe. It’s great for us to have this material as Interior Design was, until now, rather under-represented in our collections.

Flat for Henry Hellier, Interior Design Dept. GSA, 1967

Flat for Henry Hellier, Interior Design Dept. GSA, 1967

The catalogue will be available to view on the Archives Hub soon.

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