Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - Patricia Poore, Ed­i­tor [email protected]­me­dia.com 10 Har­bor Rd., Glouces­ter, MA 01930

PRE­SENT­ING AN IS­SUE IN HOMAGE to the breadth and vi­tal­ity of the on­go­ing Arts & Crafts Move­ment . . . had you any doubt about its range, read on! The Stick­ley-in­spired kitchen is in a new Arts & Crafts home on the East Coast—a con­tem­po­rary ver­nac­u­lar house de­signed for the site and built of lo­cal gran­ite—which is not in any way a replica. We tour a hand­some 1908 house, be­yond a bun­ga­low in size and in­tent, where the ar­chi­tect mas­ter­fully used English and Amer­i­can, Colo­nial Re­vival, and Ja­panesque el­e­ments. Then on to an­other new-build, once again site-spe­cific, imag­ined by long-time ad­mir­ers of Frank Lloyd Wright and a builder push­ing the lim­its of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. Our gar­den story brings us home to a typ­i­cal Cal­i­for­nia bun­ga­low of the pe­riod—with a bar and a hot tub tucked be­neath the per­gola. Part of the ap­peal of Arts & Crafts de­sign is the di­ver­sity that sus­tains our in­ter­est. Ear­lier Arts & Crafts ad­her­ents pro­duced dis­tinct vari­ants: Philip Webb’s English me­dieval­ism, Voy­sey’s coun­try ver­nac­u­lar, the Roy­crofters’ earnest sim­plic­ity, Greene & Greene’s Asian in­flec­tion, Wright’s proto-Mod­ern Prairie homes. The re­vival is sim­i­larly far rang­ing—con­tin­u­ing proof that Arts & Crafts is an ap­proach rather than a “style.” Arts & Crafts is, in a way, al­most the op­po­site of a his­toric style, be­cause it is still evolv­ing, and more fo­cused on in­ter­pre­ta­tion than on repli­ca­tion. Arts & Crafts homes, es­pe­cially the new ones, are of­ten rich in de­tails and ex­pen­sive to build. It’s in­spir­ing to look at all that good work in one place. Still, of all the ap­proaches to mak­ing a home, Arts & Crafts is the one open to all, em­brac­ing modesty, lo­cal ma­te­ri­als, nat­u­ral and hand-made items, and a re­jec­tion of os­ten­ta­tion. As much about life­style as de­sign style, Arts & Crafts con­tin­ues to draw us in.

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