I'm taking a 20th Century Design class as an elective for my major and I'm really enjoying it. It's sort of like Art History but more focused on fashion. There's a lot to learn from the past. I thought I'd share some of the things I'm learning about in class and impart some knowledge on my lovely readers!
The Arts and Crafts movement originated in Great Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as a rebellion to manufacturing and industry. Artists and designers wanted to emphasize the imperfections and indivudality of handmade pieces versus identical machine made goods.
Some of my favorite designers of this time include furniture maker Gustav Stickley (wood chairs with high backs, often referred to as mission style), Louis Comfort Tiffany (stained glass lamps often with a nature motif), and Walter Crane (illustrated classic children's stories). Other great artists of the time include Frank Lloyd Wright and textile designer William Morris.
On a complete side note; I'm dying to live in an adorable craftsman bungalow someday; so cute!