“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe  beautiful.”

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer , artist, writer.

Background on Arts And Crafts Movement:

Arts and Crafts was an international design movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910, especially in the second half of that period,[1] continuing its influence until the 1930s.[2] It was led by the artist and writer William Morris (1834–1896) during the 1860s,[1] and was inspired by the writings of John Ruskin (1819–1900) and Augustus Pugin(1812–1852). It developed first and most fully in the British Isles,[2] but spread to Europe and North America.[3] It was largely a reaction against the impoverished state of thedecorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced.[4] It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial. Wikepedia.

Arts And Craft movement gains recognition in the U.S.:

From its inception in 1894 to its demise in 1938, the Roycroft community produced some of the finest hand-crafted(1) furniture, books, lamps and metal work of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The community reflected the Movement’s ideals of art and craftsmanship as instruments of social reform in its organization as well as in its products. The high quality and unique artistry of the Roycroft creations made them very popular. But it was the business acumen and charismatic personality of its founder, Elbert Hubbard, that made Roycroft one of the most successful artistic enterprises of the Arts and Crafts era.

The philosophy of using all natural and local materials for the construction of homes and commercial buildings was part of the Arts And Crafts movement. The movement was the result of the loss of the individual  craftsmanship  using  natural material.  This rebellion, as some would come to refer it, was the result of the coming of the industrial revolution with its mass production of  products.

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