The late nineteenth-century arts and crafts movement celebrated the revival of handicrafts and the reform of architecture by using traditional crafts and local material. Inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris and followed by Philip Webb, Norman Shaw and others, the movement declined in England after 1900 but remained influential in Europe and the United States. This listed London house was designed by C.R. Ashbee to accommodate three light-filled working studios.
The owner was determined to remove later accretions and was fortunate to discover the original plans, which had need lodged with the Royal Institute of British Architects. Planning restrictions meant that the only alterations allowed were insertion of new windows in the kitchen and doors to the garden. The major attraction of this house, apart from superb light, was the amount of wall space on which to display the owner’s collection of contemporary art. Furnishings comprise neutral design classics teamed with eighteen-century French and sixteenth-century Italian antique. The large living-room includes a sofa and woodblock tables by Christian Lieigre, chairs by Romeo Sozzi and white stools by Tom Critton