Design Legend: Charles Voysey

Originally trained as an architect, he established his own practice in 1882. His distinctive architectural style quickly received recognition, and he was persuaded to extend his obvious talents to incorporate all decorative forms, most notably textiles, wallpaper and carpets. His designs were published widely, exhibited at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society from 1888 and were highly influential. He became an extremely important designer for the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Victorian Era.

“To be simple is the end, not the
beginning of design” – Charles Voysey

Furniture Characteristics

  • Simplicity required perfection.
  • Flat pattern design.
  • Designs derived effect from necessary elements.
  • Hearts and Tulip Motifs.

A Voysey Original

Another Voysey work featuring the heart motif

While it may be his Arts and Crafts designs that he is best known for, his architecture is beautiful as well. Many consider his houses to be his greatest architectural achievement.  The homes he designed  featured white rough rendered walls with horizontal ribbon windows and huge pitched roofs. His homes were recognized for their simplicity, originality, and total abandonment of historical tradition. His home designs are considered precursors to the Modern Movement in architecture. Here are some photos of Broad Leys which is considerded one of the best examples of Voysey’s architectural work.

Broad Leys is in Bowness-on-Windermere, England.

Broad Leys sits on a terrace overlooking Lake Windermere.

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