The Arts & Crafts Revival is a living evolution that is producing great new work.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, antiques dealers ruled the roost and “reproductions” were heresy. How things change! I know that the current Arts & Crafts Revival, which has already gone on longer than the original movement in America, is producing work equal to and often better than that of a century ago. What a pleasure it is to see the products of today’s designers, artists, and craftspeople. It’s impossible not to appreciate the beauty and quality of their textiles, their pottery and tile, their work in metal and glass and wood. And so we bring you a special issue dedicated to the output of today’s revival. These people and companies are, in general, those we’ve come to know through their commitment to a deliberate Arts & Crafts approach. Many have been recommended over the years by our readers. We could have filled twice as many pages! (Find more at artsandcraftshomes.com, in various article posts and in the Products & Services section.) The pages that follow are full of beautiful things—a beauty that’s more than surface deep. Objects are imbued with what their makers know, reflecting their philosophy and deep knowledge of the original Arts & Crafts movement, their hard-won skills, and their own interpretations. The revival is a living evolution. Most householders can’t afford to furnish an entire house with the hand-made and the very best. But we can appreciate all of it, and maybe save up for a special piece that’s meaningful to us. For the rest, simple design and natural materials that age well do the job. This wave of the Arts & Crafts movement has produced stunning new houses and a watershed moment in kitchen design. It has rallied for the local and the vernacular, for smaller homes, for better building practice, and for a mantra of “fewer, better things.” A generation of craftspeople and small business owners has learned to integrate life and work, moving in the direction of conscious living. And they make wonderful stuff.