In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the humanities and Crafts movement occurred as designers and manual craftsmen were outraged on the designs with the Industrial Revolution. The real craftsmen with this time period saw how a products from the Industrial Revolution were being mass produced by machines and rebelled from this revolution with a movement that belongs to them, hoping that their handcrafted work using simple forms and natural materials would pull through and escape extinction from your power from the Industrial Revolution. The movement also hit on political reform, and was focused on the equality of all of the arts, while highlighting the pleasure consumed creating handmade art and works.
The Arts and Crafts Movement began in England, spread to Canada, Australia and America where it had been also referred to as “Craftsman”. The Arts & Crafts movement became predominant in the usa about 1890, but did not really commence to influence architecture prior to the 20th Century. The movement also influenced domestic design and decorative arts by bringing holistic materials, traditional craftsmanship and economic reform into this style.
With this movement Charles and Henry Greene, did start to design houses about the West Coast that combined Arts and Crafts concepts using the simple wooden architecture of Parts of asia. In the Midwest An architect also adapted their own version of Arts & Crafts which is known as the Prairie Style. As well as on the East Coast, Gustav Stickley developed a new design of furniture which used the Arts and Crafts movement becasue it is influence.
Many older designs have grown to be new again and even though revival of Arts & Crafts isn’t necessarily new (circa 1980), it is very exciting. We have seen this revival take on very worthwhile designs as some interior designers, artists and architects are actually coupling a classical Arts & Crafts style with contemporary elements and fashions. The detail, care and joy one takes while building or creating an Arts & Crafts home, design or piece of decor, art or furniture is outstanding, whether it appeared in early 1900’s or 2010. Something is made for sure, designers, artists and architects all intercourse things, and really do not think to accomplish this then to restore manually?
“Have nothing in your houses you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris
Here are just several Arts & Crafts examples: