“Arts & Crafts” covers a broad variety of decorative work -- which is why having an expert guide is so important.
Nancy Hiller, is a specialist in period authentic furniture and a wonderfully entertaining writer. English Arts & Crafts Furniture offers a thorough examination of the details and techniques that makes Arts & Crafts furniture special. Her detailed examination of the history and culture surrounding the Arts & Crafts movement offers insights into the work of English Arts & Crafts designers (including William Morris, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, Ernest Gimson, Ernest and Sidney Barnsley, and Charles Robert Ashbee) and what set them apart from their American counterparts.
The book also offers 3 complete furniture projects that illustrate traits representative of English Arts & Crafts: a Voysey chair, a hayrake table designed by Ernest Gimson and a sideboard design from the Harris Lebus company, England’s largest furniture maker at the time.
What's novel and fresh about the book is the way Nancy makes the movement relevant to contemporary woodworkers (and readers with an interest in social and cultural history. Each of the featured pieces illustrates a particular aspect of the Arts & Crafts movement, with a focus on the designers and craftspeople involved. The context of the work is never neglected.
English Arts & Crafts Furniture is a must-read for any serious fan of Arts & Crafts furniture.Pages: 141 Binding: HCPublisher: F+W
Pages: 141 Binding: HCPublisher: F+W