THE NEW ARTS & CRAFTS

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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.

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