Since the Arts and Crafts heyday of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the movement's quintessential natural motifs have never been more popular than they are today. To meet the demand, heritage print designer Lewis & Wood has launched a new collection of fabrics and wallpapers based on drawings by C.F.A Voysey, one of the Arts and Crafts era's most prominent figures.
Better remembered as a pioneer of modern architecture, Voysey was also a prolific designer of furniture, wallpaper and fabrics. One of his biggest clients, Sanderson, commissioned him to design its ground-breaking Chiswick wallpaper factory, now named Voysey House in his honour.
The stunning new Voysey Collection features four of his drawings, selected from the V&A archive by Lewis & Wood's creative director Magdalen Jebb. Using high-resolution photography, she was able to reproduce every brushstroke and pencil line in his drawings.
'I have always admired Voysey's architectural work and had been familiar with his popular prints, but through our collaboration with the V&A, I found drawings I'd never seen before,' says Magdalen. 'Their charm and freshness was a surprise – and so appealing it felt important to bring them back to life.'
The resulting collection of fabrics and wallpapers (featured below) have brought Voysey's intricate work up to date with new technology and a fresh palette.
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