Arts & Craft Movement ~ Will

William Morris

The Arts & Craft Movement originated in England, thriving between 1880 and 1910. It was initiated by William Morris (1834 – 1896), a designer and socialist, in the 1860’s, and inspired by the writings of John Ruskin (1819 – 1900), an art critic whose social criticism sought to relate the moral and social health of a nation to the qualities of its architecture and design

The Arts & Craft Movement was a reaction to the Industrial movement and the styles and quality of products being produced by machines. It started out as a search for authentic design and followed the idea of ‘truth to material’ advocating the use of traditional craftsmanship using  simple forms and often medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. In 1861 Morris founded Morris, Marshal, Faulkner & Co., which designed and made decorative objects for the home including wallpaper, textiles, furniture and stained glass with focus on method of production. In 1890 Morris set up Kelmscott Press for which he designed a typeface based on Nicolas Jenson’s letterforms of the 15th Century.

Morris' Typeface

Arts&Craft Inspired Interior Design

William Morris Wallpaper Design

Morris Design

Charles Voysey (1957 – 1941) was an English architect and furniture and textile designer, influential in the Arts & Craft Movement with a style that combined simplicity with sophistication.

Voysey Wallpaper Design

Voysey Interior Design

The Arts & Craft Movement’s qualities of simplicity and honest use of materials has inspired modern designers like Henry van de Velde and movements such as Art Nouveua. The Arts &Craft Movement is regarded as a prelude to modernism, which made the use of simple forms without ornamentation.

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One Comment on “Arts & Craft Movement ~ Will”

  1. Naomi Phelan says:

    Hi, I lecture n the History of Interior Design and feel that you need to find a different example for the Arts and Crafts inspired room. My reasons being that the fireplace surround is categorically not A&C – in fact it is a copy of a Rococo (or possibly) a chinoiserie fire surround which is a good 100 years earlier, and the furniture, although Victorian, are not really A&C in feel.Again the stripped wall paper would not be found typically in an A&C inspired house – you would have William Morris wall paper. May I suggest you replace the image with one of Whitewick (pro witick)Manor as this is very typical of an A&C house and is used in many lecture over here as a prime example of A&C interior design. Sorry! but it is better to get the detail right otherwise we will have students quoting stripped wallpaper and Rococo fire surrounds as A&C. Hope this helps.

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