THE NEW ARTS & CRAFTS
HAVE NOTHING in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” The famed words of William Morris, father of the materials-first movement that emerged in the late 1800s, are echoing louder than ever in the studios of English makers. In the last decade, the UK design community has seen a renewed influx of goods designed to be a celebration of their elements and craft: the aqueous graining of English elm, or striking brushstrokes on slipware that read like abstract art. Unlike its predecessors, this crop of makers doesn’t eschew technology, but instead embraces it as a meaningful entrée to ageold applications. Check out The New Craftsmen, for example, a company that launched in 2012 as a platform to champion British artisans and others who pursue make over mass.