The Arts and Crafts movement was born as a rejection of the grim industrialisation characteristic of the mid-19th century. It promoted the revival of traditional building crafts and the use of locally sourced materials. Inspiration came from vernacular architecture, as well as medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean and Georgian architecture: those periods perceived to have the greatest craftsmanship and quality. The most important exponent was Lutyens, who, with a few simple elements could achieve strikingly original effect. His early houses rely upon half timbering, but later in his career he turned to the classical vocabulary.
Some Atkey products from the Arts and Crafts period can be seen in the room sets below, otherwise all or individual Arts and Crafts products can be viewed by clicking on the links towards the bottom of this page. Click here to go directly to it.