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Closeout price! Recommended. By Anne Stewart O’Donnell. A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941) could easily have made a career out of pattern design alone, for his ingenious textiles and wall coverings in fresh, clear colors won him international acclaim. His wallpapers and textiles, in particular, reveal his complex personality and his lifelong love of England’s flora and fauna. By the mid-1890s, however, he also was hailed as one of Britain’s most innovative architects. Pomegranate, 2011.

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A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941) could easily have made a career out of pattern design alone, for his ingenious textiles and wall coverings in fresh, clear colors won him international acclaim. His wallpapers and textiles, in particular, reveal his complex personality and his lifelong love of England’s flora and fauna. By the mid-1890s, however, he also was hailed as one of Britain’s most innovative architects.

For the small country houses that were his specialty, he rejected the lavish ornamentation and historical trappings so beloved by the Victorians, relying instead on simple, expressive forms and materials. His influence on the field of architecture cannot be overstated. As one critic noted in 1927, “Voysey . . . set architects in a new relation to their work. It is not only the things he did, but more particularly the spirit in which he addressed himself to his tasks, which places architects and architecture in his debt.”

Like other Arts and Crafts practitioners, Voysey believed that no aspect of a house was too small to merit the architect’s attention. Even by this standard his versatility was astonishing, encompassing all manner of furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, and floor and wall coverings. Behind literally every one of these elements — from the shape of a clothes hook to the sweep of a roofline — lay a strong and unorthodox spiritual philosophy that often set Voysey at odds with others in his profession, even as he rose to become a leading force among the architects and designers of his time. It was his belief that a reverent observation of the natural world might hasten humanity’s spiritual evolution. Today his images are as beloved as they were then.

Anne Stewart O’Donnell traces Voysey’s extraordinary creative output through his professional career while painting a vivid picture of Voysey the man. More than sixty-five full-color architectural and design drawings and historical black-and-white photographs illuminate the individualism of this singular artist.

This book profiles Voysey’s entire body of work, from his architectural designs for cottage houses to his interior designs for furniture, metalwork, wall coverings, and textiles. Includes a bibliography.

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