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The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe & America

Design for the Modern World 1880-1920

Wendy Kaplan

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The definitive assessment of the truly international influence of the Arts and Crafts movement in Europe and the USA


At the turn of the last century, the Arts and Crafts movement transformed not only how objects looked but also how people looked at objects. It provided a framework for essential issues that are still debated today: the conflict between standardization and individuality, the question of whether a one-of-a-kind handcrafted object is superior to a mass-produced one, and the problem of defining what kind of design most benefits society.

The book features masterworks by the best-known designers of the period, such as William Morris, M. H. Baillie Scott, Henry Van de Velde, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann, Eliel Saarinen, Greene and Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as lesser-known examples that have never been displayed together before.

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'An excellent and attractive introduction … outstanding illustrations'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.0 x 22.9 cm

Extent: 328 pp

Illustrations: 314

Publication date: 6 December 2004

ISBN: 9780500238158

About the Author

Wendy Kaplan is Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

List of Contributors

Alan Crawford, Rüdiger Joppien, Juliet Kinchin, Amy F. Ogata, Elisabet Stavenow-Hidemark, Christian Witt-Dörring, Andrea L. Rich

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