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Description - C F A Voysey by Wendy Hitchmough

This text examines the life and work of British architect C.F.A. Voysey. Voysey was one of the most successful and renowned British architects from the 1890s until the outbreak of World War I. His white-rendered houses with stone window dressings and sweeping green slate roofs combined clarity and simplicity with a sensual appreciation of natural materials. Voysey's belief that the house should embody "Quietness in a storm, economy of upkeep, evidence of protection, harmony with surroundings, absence of dark passages" placed him at the heart of the Arts and Crafts movement, while the elongated simplicity of his furniture together with the fluid, undulating curves of his decorative design made him a formative influence on Mackintosh, Van de Velde and the Art Nouveau style. Voysey's conviction that no detail of a house was too small to deserve the attention of its architect led him to design everything from the plan of the garden to the handles on the kitchen dresser. His reputation spread across Europe and America and in the 1930s John Betjeman, Pevsner and others revived his reputation in Britain as a precursor of the Modern Movement. He was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1940 at the age of 83.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714837123
ISBN-10: 0714837121
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 24mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Wendy Hitchmough

Wendy Hitchmough is a historian specializing in architecture of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.