English Arts & Crafts Furniture explores the Arts & Crafts movement with a unique focus on English designers. Through examination of details, techniques, and historical context, as well as projects, you’ll discover what sets these designers and their work apart from those that came before and after, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the Arts & Crafts movement and its influence.
Three complete furniture builds provide a glimpse into the breadth of ideals encompassed by Arts & Crafts:
- Voysey’s two heart chair, with its woven seat and sharp finials, combines simplicity of form with an elegant uprightness
- A striking sideboard design from Harris Lebus, one of England’s largest furniture manufacturers at the turn of the century, was not just imposing, but affordable for a middle-class market
- Gimson’s hayrake table marries rural allusions, challenging joinery, and exuberant hand-carving in a project that is a joy to build
More an expression of social and economic ideals than any specific design aesthetic, the Arts & Crafts movement encompassed a staggering variety of work. This book for woodworkers and furniture aficionado provides fresh perspective into an exciting moment in design history.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1: Is Arts & Crafts a Style?
- Ruskin’s Moral Elements of Gothic
- William Morris
- The Projects in this Book
CHAPTER 2: Voysey Two Heart Chair
- An Intimate Assignation with a Chair
- C.F.A. Voysey: Raising the Standard of British Design
- “Keeping Voysey’s Legacy Alive”
- The Chair
- Building the Chair
- “Cathryn Peters, the Wicker Woman©”
CHAPTER 3: Harris Lebus: Furniture for Everyman
- Harris Lebus
- “Defining Details”
- Harris Lebus Sideboard
CHAPTER 4: Gimson & the Barnsleys: Craft for the Maker
- Going Up the Country
- Hayrake Table
- “Decorative Gouging”
- “Butterfly Keys”
About the Author
Nancy R. Hiller is a designer-builder of furniture and cabinetry who specializes in period authentic work. Her academic background combines classical languages and a master’s degree in religious studies with a focus on ethics and aesthetics. Her furniture, cabinetry, and articles have been published in Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Old House Journal, and other periodicals. She is the author of three books: The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History, A Home of Her Own, and Making Things Work; editor of the essay collection Historic Preservation in Indiana; and is currently working on a book about kitchens for Lost Art Press.