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The Arts & Crafts Movement


The Arts and Crafts Movement is considered to be one of the most influence and far-reaching design movements of the 19th century.  Originating in Britain, its popularity quickly grew with exponents in Europe, America and Asia.


During the 1800’s the effects of industrial manufacturing and unregulated trade was being recognised. As a result of the concerns architects, designers and artists began to pioneer new approaches to design and the decorative arts. The Arts and Craft Movement was formed to re-establish the importance of art, design and traditional craftsmanship skills across all aspects of everyday life.


Two key figures responsible for the movement were John Ruskin and William Morris. Ruskin was an art critic and examined the relationship between art, society and labour, whilst Morris, a textile designer, poet and socialist activist, put Ruskin’s theories into practice.


To see influences of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the UK you can visit:


7 Hammersmith Terrace The former home of Emery Walker, friend and mentor to William Morris. The house is the last example of authentic arts and crafts interior.


Kelmscott House, Hammersmith The William Morris Society now occupies the basement and coach house of Morris’s London home. Highlights from the collection include original designs and the Albion Press used by the Kelmscott Press.


Red House, Bexleyheath Find out where it all began. The house commissioned by Morris, designed by Philip Webb, and decorated by the group of friends.


Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Visit the Green Dining Room decorated by the Firm and find a selection of Morris & Co designs, furniture, glass, wallpapers and textiles mostly in the British Galleries.


Kelmscott Manor, near Lechlade, Gloucestershire A Grade I listed farmhouse bordering on the River Thames; the Morris family’s country retreat and home to a celebrated collection of the work of Morris and Rossetti.


To bring a piece of the Arts and Crafts movement into your home, discover our collection:


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