The architecture of this period (which for the purposes of the Atkey catalogue incorporates the reigns of Edward VII and George V) is highly disparate in nature. New building types appeared, for example apartment buildings, spawned by the arrival of new technology such as the electric elevator and improvements in plumbing and drainage. The architecture of the reign of Edward VII was typified by a continuation and refining of the values and traditions inherited from the Victorian period, with the increasing incorporation of influences from the Arts and Crafts movement. During the Twenties and Thirties Art Deco held sway over Modernism, which found favour relatively late in Britain compared to continental Europe; whilst the “Tudorbethan” style was prevalent in domestic architecture, especially in the new suburbs.
Some Atkey products from the Edwardian period can be seen in the room sets below, otherwise all or individual Edwardian products can be viewed by clicking on the links towards the bottom of this page.