C.F.A. Voysey: Arts and Crafts Designer

ISBN: 9781851778546
Artist(s): C.F.A. Voysey
Author(s): Karen Livingstone (Editor)
Format: hardback
Year published: 2016
Publisher: V&A Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 320


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C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941) was an architect-designer who advocated honest and thorough design, and championed high standards of craftsmanship applied only to the finest materials. The resulting objects – simple yet elegant, often enhanced by beautiful and symbolic decoration – were considered revolutionary in their time and continue to enchant audiences today.

The first substantial monograph to be published in 20 years, this comprehensive book focuses on Voysey as a designer of furniture, metalwork and textiles, providing a new analysis of his characteristic motifs and designs. It draws on the greatest public and private collections of his work to give a complete and fully illustrated account of Voysey’s output and his vision for domestic life at the turn of the twentieth century. Original drawings and plans, archive photography and images of a vast selection of surviving objects are brought together here in a fresh examination of the Arts and Crafts pioneer.

The authors’ extensive new research documents the personal and professional relationships that enabled Voysey to become a great and prolific designer. The book draws together new information on how he ran his business; how he promoted, exhibited and sold his work; who his clients were; who was responsible for manufacturing his designs; and what a Voysey house and interior looked like.


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