For those who are interested in my History of Styles column, this post today is for you and I want to talk a little bit about one of my favourite styles – the Arts and Crafts. It was part of Victorian era and covers the period from 1861 to 1890. It was first associated with Prince Albert’s Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. The reaction to this event was movement from mass-produced, machine-made goods towards handmade quality furniture, wallpaper and fabrics and of course one of the most famous and influential figures of that period was William Morris.
The core idea of this style was convergence of arts and crafts, as well as popularization of products created by local artisans – hand-blocked wallpapers and fabrics, metalwork and stained glass. Following the example of medieval craftsmen, the movement’s followers created guilds and craft communities, each with its own style and specialization.
Arts and Crafts style has never lost its popularity and continues to be in fashion even today. Famous William and Morris wallpaper is used in modern Scandinavian interiors in combination with simple minimalistic furniture and accessories.
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