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Living with Arts and Crafts [Hardcover]

Ros Byam Shaw
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23 Aug 2001
Arts and Crafts designs - both originals and reproductions - are the timeless choice for today's pared-down interiors. They are associated with the use of fine natural materials, solid construction and the highest standards of craftsmanship. This book is for everyone who wants a taste of this style, whether your goal is a faithful recreation of the look or a sympathetic mix of the authentic and the contemporary. The Rooms shows a range of modern homes - some in which Arts and Crafts has been combined with modern living to create a fresh new look, and others in which a more traditional approach has been taken. The Elements of the look are then explored in detail, from pattern and motif to furniture, metalware, lighting and textiles.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (23 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841722014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841722016
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 23.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,407,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ros was born in London in 1960. She read English at Oxford and her first job was working for an antique dealer who specialised in early silver. Her most difficult task was being taken for a walk by two English mastiffs, both of whom weighed more than she did.

Fortunately, it wasn't too long before she was offered a job at The World of Interiors, an innovative magazine based in upstairs rooms on Fulham Road. She was Features Editor for several years, left to work as a freelance writer, and then returned after the birth of her first daughter to work part time. When her second daughter was born, Ros went freelance again which is where she has remained ever since, writing about houses, their occupants and their interiors. Ros has written and contributed to many books and is the recipient of several awards.

In 2002 she moved from London to the West Country to a 16th century house close to the sea. The restoration of the house is now finished, but the large garden is an ongoing project.

She is the author of the forthcoming title Farrow & Ball Living with Colour, along with Interiors by Design, Old House New Home and the bestselling Perfect English and Perfect English Cottage (all published by Ryland Peters & Small).

'Any book by Ros Byam Shaw inspires confidence and delight, being brilliantly researched and handsomely illustrated.' The World of Interiors

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About the Author

Ros Byam Shaw is a former features editor of World of Interiors and deputy editor of the British edition of the US fashion and lifestyle newspaper, W. She is now a freelance journalist and writes on design and interiors for House & Garden, The Sunday Telegraph Review and the Independent. She wrote the text for Sensual Living (1998) and is author of Modern Natural, also published by Ryland Peters & Small.

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This is a good "ideas" book for those people who want to create "Arts and Crafts" interiors, and live with them. The book is logically divided into sections covering how the "Arts and Craft" movement decorated and furnished individual rooms. The second part covers the "Arts and Crafts" movement's treatment of decorative elements.
The photographs of the interiors both in Britain and America are excellent, the lighting being very well done. There is good attention to detail and shows period pieces of furniture, as well as reproductions and modern furniture that is in the style of the movement.
However it does not go into any detail on methods of construction and techniques associated with the "Arts and Craft" movement and its furniture.
The text accompanying the photographs does assume some prior knowledge of the "Arts and Craft" movement and its exponents, and discusses the ideas of the "Arts and Craft" movement in relation to the living spaces and its elements. It concentrates on the ethos and philosophy of the movement when dealing with these spaces and their decorative elements.
There is a section at the end listing suppliers or "Arts and Crafts" furniture and decoration in Britain.
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