Design for interior flooring based on a scheme used at Carpenders Park School, Hertfordshire, 1950
Designer: Oliver Jasper Cox and Hertfordshire County Council Architects' Department
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Government funding and national material resources were low after World War II, meaning that cheap and effective school buildings were needed. Most architects saw architecture's future in mass production. Oliver Jasper Cox collaborated with artists and businesses to designing modern, colourful and practical interior finishes on a commercially viable scale.
This interior flooring scheme, developed with tile manufacturer Sesmatic, would have been a mass-produced component. Perspective sketches like these helped Cox to look at how colour combinations would have worked from different viewpoints, and capture the light and airy atmosphere of the schools.