Natasha Kroll, 1914-2004

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Natasha Kroll was born in Moscow on 20 May 1914, and her family moved to Germany in 1922. Kroll attended the Reimann School in Berlin, where she specialised in display design. When the school moved to London in 1936, Kroll was appointed an assistant teacher. Early window display commissions included Rowntree"s department stores in Scarborough and York, but she was soon to win a prestigious post as display manager for Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd. Simpsons had moved into their striking new premises, designed by Joseph Emberton, in 1935. Kroll"s display philosophy, rooted in European modernism, complemented the building and the ethos of the company chairmen at this time. Both Ashley Havinden and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy had received window display commissions and Kroll sought to extend this pioneering approach.

In 1956, Natsha Kroll joined the BBC and made a great impact in production design. As a member of Richard Levin"s design department, she had a particular ability to devise innovative settings for talks and factual programmes, which also had the effect of exposing viewers to contemporary design. Of particular note is the studio design she devised for Huw Weldon"s arts programme 'Monitor'. In 1966 Kroll was elected to the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry and it was in this year that she left the BBC to work freelance, specialising in period dramas. She went on to gain several feature film credits as production designer including 'Macbeth' (1970), Ken Russell"s 'The Music Lovers' (1971), 'The Hireling' (1973), 'Age of Innocence' (1977), and as producer and production designer 'Absolution' (1979, released 1988) which starred Richard Burton.

Natasha Kroll lived in Putney. She died on 2 April 2004.

From the guide to the Natasha Kroll Archive, 1935-2004, (University of Brighton Design Archives)

Archival Resources
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creatorOf Natasha Kroll Archive, 1935-2004 University of Brighton Design Archives
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associatedWith Agutter Jennifer Ann 'Jenny' b 1952 person
associatedWith Alderton John b 1940 person
associatedWith Asher Jane 1946- person
associatedWith Atkins Eileen 1934 person
associatedWith Barkworth Peter Wynn 1929-2006 person
associatedWith Bates Alain Arthur 1934-2003 person
associatedWith Bell Thomas George 'Tom' 1933-2006 person
associatedWith Black Karen 1939-2013 person
associatedWith Black Lion Films London corporateBody
associatedWith Blackman Honor 1925- person
associatedWith Bradley David John 1942- person
associatedWith Bragg Melvyn b 1939 person
associatedWith Brett Peter Jeremy William 1933-1995 person
associatedWith Bridges Alan b 1927 person
associatedWith British Broadcasting Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith British Broadcasting Corporation London 1922- ongoing public broadcaster corporateBody
associatedWith Burton Richard Walter Jenkins 1925-1984 person
associatedWith Cecil Jonathan Hugh Gascoyne- 1939-2011 person
associatedWith Chamberlain George Richard b 1934 person
associatedWith Coleman Basil Woore 1916-1913 person
associatedWith Connolly William 'Billy' b 1942 person
associatedWith Cooke Alan 1926-1994 person
associatedWith Cunliffe David 1935- person
associatedWith Cusack Sinead Moira 1948- person
associatedWith Dean Isabel 1918-1997 person
associatedWith Denham William Maurice 1909-2002 person
associatedWith Elliott Denholm Mitchell 1922-1992 person
associatedWith Glyndebourne Great Britain 1934- stately home, venue corporateBody
associatedWith Goodliffe Lawrence Michael Andrew 1914-1976 person
associatedWith Gorrie John b 1932 person
associatedWith Guard Dominic 1956- person
associatedWith Harlow Hugh O'Neill James 1939- person
associatedWith Hopkins Philip Anthony 1937- person
associatedWith Hussain Waris 1938- person
associatedWith Jackson Glenda b 1936 person
associatedWith Jeffrey Peter 1929-1999 person
associatedWith Jones Jennifer Gemma b 1942 person
associatedWith Kastner Elliott 1930-2010 person
associatedWith Kroll, Natasha., 1914-2004 person
associatedWith Leach Rosemary 1935- person
associatedWith Lessing Doris May 1919- person
associatedWith London Weekend Television Great Britain 1968-2002 television company corporateBody
associatedWith McKellen Ian Murray 1939- person
associatedWith Merchant Vivien 1929-1982 person
associatedWith Messina Cedric 1920-1993 person
associatedWith Miles Sarah 1941- person
associatedWith Morahan Christopher Thomas 1929- person
associatedWith Nelligan Patricia Colleen 'Kate' 1951- person
associatedWith Nicholls Peter 1939- person
associatedWith Osborne John James 1929-1994 person
associatedWith Page Anthony 1935- person
associatedWith Porter Eric Richard 1928-1995 person
associatedWith Previn Andre George b 1929 person
associatedWith Raeburn Michael 1948- person
associatedWith Reimann School corporateBody
associatedWith Richards Alun Morgun 1929-2004 person
associatedWith Rowntrees Department Store corporateBody
associatedWith Royal Designers for Industry corporateBody
associatedWith Rules Restaurant London 1798- restaurant corporateBody
associatedWith Russell Henry Kenneth Alfred 'Ken' 1927-2011 person
associatedWith Shaffer Anthony 1926-2001 person
associatedWith Shaw Martin 1945- person
associatedWith Shaw Robert Archibald 1927-1978 person
associatedWith Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Stephens Robert Graham 1931-1995 person
associatedWith Suzman Janet b 1939 person
associatedWith Symonds John 1914-2006 person
associatedWith Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich 1840-1893 person
associatedWith Thaw John Edward 1942-2002 person
associatedWith Warner David 1941- person
associatedWith Waterman Dennis 1948- person
associatedWith Watford Gwendoline 'Gwen' 1927-1994 person
associatedWith Williams Clifford 1926-2005 person
associatedWith Williamson Nicol 1936-2011 person
associatedWith Woodvine John b 1929 person
associatedWith Woodward Joanne b 1930 person
associatedWith Yorkshire Television United Kingdom 1968-2004 TV company (now ITV) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Berlin (Germany)
Moscow (Russia)
London (United Kingdom)
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Festival of Britain, 1951 exhibitions
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Birth 1914

Death 2004

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