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The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America : Design for the Modern World 1880-1920 - Wendy Kaplan

The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America

Design for the Modern World 1880-1920

By: Wendy Kaplan (Editor)


Published: 6th December 2004
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At the turn of the last century, the Arts and Crafts movement transformed not only how objects looked but also how people looked at objects. It provided a framework for essential issues that are still debated today: the conflict between standardization and individuality, the question of whether a one-of-a-kind handcrafted object is superior to a mass-produced one, and the problem of defining what kind of design most benefits society. As the most industrialized country, Britain was also the first to generate a movement to counter what was seen as the malevolent effects of mass production. Protagonists such as John Ruskin and William Morris championed "joy in labor"--the moral and spiritual uplift that would come with the revival of making objects by hand. The improvement of working conditions, integration of art into everyday life, and an "honest" aesthetic resulting from the use of indigenous materials and native traditions were also central to the movement's philosophy. At the end of the nineteenth century, these Arts and Crafts ideals were appropriated and adapted by the young avant-garde throughout Europe and the United States. With 260 objects--furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and works on paper--from Britain, Ireland, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Finland, this is a visually stunning, definitive survey. The book features masterworks by the best-known designers of the period, such as William Morris, M. H. Baillie Scott, Henry Van de Velde, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann, Eliel Saarinen, Gustave Stickley, Greene and Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as lesser-known examples that have never been displayed together.

'An excellent and attractive introduction ... outstanding illustrations' - Hortus

Forewordp. 7
Sponsor's statementp. 9
Design for the modern worldp. 10
United Kingdom : origins and first floweringp. 20
Germany : a new culture of thingsp. 68
Austria : idealism or realismp. 108
Hungary : shaping a national consciousnessp. 142
Scandinavia : "beauty for all"p. 178
Belgium and France : arts, crafts, and decorative artsp. 218
America : the quest for democratic designp. 246
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ISBN: 9780500238158
ISBN-10: 0500238154
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 6th December 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 22.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.84
Edition Number: 1