Althea McNish and John Weiss
Through her printed textiles for the likes of Liberty and Heal’s, Althea McNish brought colour to grey post-war London. ‘She led the way, overthrowing the sterile rules of taste that had previously shaped British and international design,’ said V&A curator Christine Checinska in an obituary in the Guardian last year. The textile designer started out studying at the Architectural Association, before moving to the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts, the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art. Her husband, jewellery designer and silversmith John Weiss, who died two years before that, was a champion of her work and a talented maker in his own right, creating elegant designs that complemented her vibrant prints. He also started out studying architecture, and headed the Furnishing and Interior Design department at the London College of Furniture, before focusing fully on silversmithing in his retirement – making contemporary jewellery, as well as cutlery and religious artefacts, such as an ornate modern Torah crown cover for the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish congregation. As a couple, they lectured widely around the world and were also well known for being generous hosts.