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.< BR>
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Table of ContentsForeword, "The Arts and Crafts House in Britain," by Stephen Calloway