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From esteemed author Brian D. Coleman comes a thorough exploration into the origins of the design and philosophy of the Arts & Crafts movement in Great Britain—the roots of which are inspiring a fresh new approach to the more traditional American Arts & Crafts style. Coleman leads an inspiring and beautiful tour of ten of the most historic Arts & Crafts homes in Britain, from William Morris's Red House in England to Macintosh's Hill House in Scotland.

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Overview

From esteemed author Brian D. Coleman comes a thorough exploration into the origins of the design and philosophy of the Arts & Crafts movement in Great Britain—the roots of which are inspiring a fresh new approach to the more traditional American Arts & Crafts style. Coleman leads an inspiring and beautiful tour of ten of the most historic Arts & Crafts homes in Britain, from William Morris's Red House in England to Macintosh's Hill House in Scotland.

Learn about the history, construction, and thoughtfulness of design that give valuable insight into the philosophy of the movement and how it is reinterpreted today.

Honesty of construction, attention to detail, and the value of handcraftsmanship are principles of the Arts & Crafts movement first celebrated by William Morris and John Ruskin over one hundred years ago.

Other homes featured in the book include the Blackwell (architect M. H. Baillie Scott), Castle Drogo (architect Sir Edwin Lutyens), Craigside (architect Richard Norman Shaw), and Kelmscott Manor (William Morris's holiday home). All homes featured in the book are open to the public and maintained as museums and tributes to the artistry. Contact information is provided for each house, which provides a helpful tool for planning a visit to this historic area.

Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old-house enthusiast, Brian has developed his love for historic restoration into an active second career. He serves as the West Coast editor for Old House Interiors, and is the author of Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage and Antiques, Scalamandre: Luxurious Home Interiors, Classic Cottages, Vintage Victorian Textiles, and The Victorian Dining Room. Brian divides his time between New York and Seattle.

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The Arts and Crafts movement in 19th-century Great Britain represented a revolt against industrialization and a revival of craftsmanship in the arts. Coleman (Extraordinary Interiors) visits ten residences that typify this design movement, each selected for its public accessibility. Located throughout Great Britain, these homes were designed or inhabited by some of the movement's most influential practitioners, from founder William Morris to those who continued the movement into the 20th century, such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For each house he discusses the architects, designers, and occupants, then takes a tour through the inside, describing and illustrating with color photographs the elements and craftsmanship that exemplified the movement. Recommended for large interior design collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586855314
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 11/23/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian D. Coleman, MD, divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal, where he is the West Coast editor; to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of seven books on the decorative arts, including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Cottages.

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Blackwell is the only surviving work by the Arts and Crafts architect M. H. Baillie Scott that is open to the public. Considered one of his finest and largest commissions, Blackwell was built between 1898 and 1890 as the holiday home of wealthy Manchester brewery owner Sir Edward Holt, his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children. Sited in the scenic Lake District of northwestern England on a hill above the blue waters of Windermere, Blackwell was intended as an escape from the pollution and congestion that characterized industrial Manchester in the late 1800s. Blackwell escaped the fate of modernization and remodeling; even its interior decorations were kept remarkably intact. Blackwell was rescued from an uncertain fate in 1999 by the Lakeland Arts Trust, and after undergoing a £3,500,000 ($7,000,000) restoration, was opened to the public in 2001 as one of England's most beautiful Arts and Crafts house museums.

Sir Edward Holt was active in local government and charities, improving libraries, building water works and aiding local charities. He helped develop a reservoir in the Lake District that revolutionized the supply of freshwater to Manchester. It seemed sensible, then, for him to build a house where he could monitor the reservoir's progress. As he looked for an architect, it was not surprising that he called upon Baillie Scott, for by the 1890s, Baillie Scott was becoming a well-known name in the Arts and Crafts community. A regular contributor to magazines such as The Studio, his work was reminiscent of contemporary Arts and Crafts architects such as C. F. A. Voysey and Charles Rennie (mb verify spelling) Mackintosh. In 1897 Baillie Scott had won a commission for the decorations and furnishings for the Grand Duke of Hesse's palace at Darmstadt, Germany, and received much international acclaim for his work; it was shortly after this that Sir Holt asked him to design Blackwell. As this was not the Holt's primary residence and so practical requirements for day-to-day living, accommodating children, etc., were not as important, Baillie Scott was given free reign to design the home based on his philosophy of architecture, which was rooted in an Arts and Crafts aesthetic, emphasized the importance of living in harmony with nature, and valued light, texture and space in the interiors.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, "The Arts and Crafts House in Britain," by Stephen Calloway vii

Introduction 1

Blackwell House 8

Castle Drogo 18

Charleston 30

Craigside 44

Hill House 56

Kelmscott Manor 68

Red House 80

Rodmarton Manor 92

Standen 112

Wightwick 128

Photography Credits 146

To Visit the Historic Homes 147

Resources 148

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