We all want to leave a legacy.
And while that may be through an action instead of an object, it is often that people leave behind something that is going to be passed down through their family.
But how do you choose an object who’s purpose is ultimately to outlast the trends and designs that change over several lifetimes?
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful"
William morris was a pinoneer of the arts and craft movement and he projected all his views through different forms of design. But he mainly focused on the connection forged between the artist and his work through hand work.
The Arts and Craft Movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts.
It began in Britian and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880-1920. It stood for traditional craftsmanship. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial. It had a strong influence in the arts in Europe until it was displaced by modernism in 1930.
While its influence has continued amoung some designers, its strength is not as present as I think it should be.
These interiors above showcase extraordinary design, and while they may be outdated, there are ways to revive certain qualities that make these spaces so stunning.
above you see how the style can be modernized while still maintaining the obvious craftsmanship that is so apparent in the arts and craft movement.
But what if we could modernize it even more?
I want to explore the world of the second arts and craft movement. The one that works with technology, instead of against it.
I believe the seond arts and craft movement can last because I don’t want to fight technology, this is a time when these two areas of design should come together.
I want to preserve the ideas and elements of design that were so apparent in the arts and craft movement and heighten it by customizing pieces with the help of technological advancements.
I want to use laser cut machines, CNC machines and digital textile printers.
These could change a design by adding a meaningful carving for your family. Or a pattern printed as a digital textile that doesn’t repeat but engineered for that exact piece of furniture.
I don’t want technology to be correlated to mass production in this collection either.
Think more along the line of limited additions.
I belive that this collection can be a successful nod to the arts and craft movement while I pay attention to the following three elements of design.
1. Attention to detail.
I want these piece of furniture to have a noticeable close attention to detail, that proves there was a human hand in this collection. That these piece are not mass produced, but checked and finalized by someone who knows that this furniture has the ability to last a life time
2. High quality material.
This collection will be comprised of materials that not only have the stamina to last for years, but have the quality that will be timeless to each generation.
The materials chosen for each part of each design will be hand selected to reflect its function.
I want the materials to contrast one another, making each element of the design its own work of art.
There would be no point in chosing such high quality material if you didn’t highlight it through out the design.
I hope to showcase how each material is connected in each design. Whether that be through metal adapters, or hand caning, I want there to be an obvious connection between each material .
But who would buy what I am proposing?
They are people interested in quality and craft of everything they own. They are looking to leave a legacy for the ones that are following them, in their family and in their preceding generations.
They shop at antique stores, auctions or other high end modern stores, that can easily bridge the gap of modern and classic.
They invest in items that are going to last.