Tinted Oak, goat fur and Massai cushions. Pair of Arts & Crafts armchairs, 1910, Germany, H120 W60 D80 cm

The Arts and Crafts Movement began in Britain around 1880 and quickly spread to America, Europe and Japan. Inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, it advocated a return to a simpler way of life and an improvement in the design of ordinary domestic objects.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” (Morris)

This Movement revived traditional artistic craftsmanship with themes of simplicity, honesty, function, harmony, and nature, through quality of architecture and design; it was a revolt against the poor quality of industrialized mass production.