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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” These famous words by one of Arts and Crafts founding fathers, William Morris epitomise everything the movement stood for. Its ethos was in essence to reject mass production and commercialism in favour of good honest craftsmanship. It was a revivalist movement that fought back against what its protagonists saw as inferior machine made furniture. Instead, the Arts and Crafts group of artists, designers and craftsmen looked back to the medieval guild system for inspiration and rejected what they saw as a sacrifice of quality and harmony as a result of the industrialization of the Victorian era.
The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential design movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it influenced many of the beds designed in the Late Victorian and Edwardian period. Some beds of this period have “hints” of the Arts and Crafts style while others are “full blown” Arts and Crafts. Typically Arts and Crafts beds are in oak (but not exclusively) with stylised frames, often featuring flat cap finials, heart or club motifs, and can feature inlay or copper panels. Beds retailed by Liberty and co in the late 19th and early 20th century were often in the Arts and Crafts manner as well as beds manufactured by the Barnstable firm Shapland and Petter and some beds produced by heals and Son.
At Karma beds we often stock a wide range of Arts and Crafts Beds for sale online available for delivery across the UK.