C. F. A. Voysey Deluxe
A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) began designing wallpaper and textiles early in his career, before moving on to architectural endeavors. As an architect, he specialized in the design of small country houses for wealthy clients, using simple, expressive forms and materials to create a distinctive architectural style. In common with other Arts and Crafts practitioners, Voysey strongly believed that the architect should take responsibility for the entirety of a design: even by this standard his versatility was astonishing, encompassing all manner of furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, and floor and wall coverings.
As unadorned as were his buildings, his designs for their interior decorative elements were colorful, often fanciful, perhaps suggesting that he sought simplicity in his houses so that he might decorate their walls and tables all the more gaily with flowers and dragons and seahorses and such.
In 1940, a year before his death, he was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ prestigious Royal Gold Medal—a fitting climax to an illustrious career.