C.F.A. Voysey - Arts & Crafts Designer
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C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941) was an architect-designer who advocated honest and thoughtful 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.
Author/Artist/DesignerKaren Livingstone, Max Donnelly, Linda Parry
21.59cm x 3.18cm x 26.99cm
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K. Livingstone, M. Donnelly and L. Parry
Karen Livingstone is the director of masterplan and estates at the Science Museum, London. Her previous publications include "Essential Arts and Crafts" and "V&A Pattern: C. F. A. Voysey". Max Donnelly is Curator of Nineteenth-Century Furniture in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. Linda Parry is former Deputy Keeper of the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, where she worked for over thirty years.