C. F. A. Voysey: Architect, Designer, Individualist
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
108 pages, with more than 65 color reproductions
Written by Anne Stewart O’Donnell
• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment
Size: 8 x 9.25 in.
A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) believed—like other Arts and Crafts practitioners—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. His wallpapers and textiles, in particular, reveal Voysey’s complex personality—his lifelong love of England’s flora and fauna, his belief that a reverent observation of the natural world might hasten humanity’s spiritual evolution, and his unusually whimsical (and occasionally wicked) sense of humor. 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.