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The Arts & Crafts Philosophy in America Main Building Value into Boise Real Estate
The following is an excerpt from the Antique Home & Style website describing the Arts & Crafts and Craftsman Movement. It follows Flynner Homes philosophy also, to build aesthetically pleasing homes while incorporating todays technology. It is no wonder why this construction style is still with us today. Its pretty interesting, check it out. For more articals written by this author, Nikki Nyman, please visit her website at www.antiquehomestyle.com.

Today a similar movement would probably be called the "Slow Design Movement." It would be about the simplicity, honesty, and inherent beauty in a design, rather than about flash, sizzle, shallowness, quantity, and size we see all around us. For that reason the Arts & Crafts Movement philosophy and style resonates with us today.

Arts and Crafts style is more about how and why something is made than the item itself. Through the efforts of craftsmen and philosophers, such as William Morris, Walter Crane, and C. R. Ashbee in England and Elbert Hubbard and Gustav Stickley in the United States, a distinctive look evolved and is now one of the most enduring and popular of all decorating styles.
 
The Movement originated in England during the mid-19th century as a backlash to the mass production of goods which resulted in some pretty ugly buildings and furniture, a stifling social climate, and the imminent demise of artisanal traditions dating back centuries. Economies of scale (among other economic factors) forced the small craftsman to give up his livelihood. By mid-century his children were forced to emigrate, move to the city and work for sweat-shop wages for large manufacturers, or starve.
 
Seeing this happen over the course of just a couple generations mobilized a number of philosophers and artists to cast back into history for a more enlightened way of living. Thinkers and artists like John Ruskin and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and later the father of the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris, influenced many American designers and architects.
 
In America, the philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement was the spring from which all Craftsman style and workmanship flowed. Grounded as it was in socialist political theory, the Movement espoused the value of the craftsman over the machine. It valued nature and harmony over technology and automation. It favored treasuring the traditional crafts of the past that, without attention, were doomed to be forgotten on the march to Progress.
 
Far from being Luddites, American artists and designers were dedicated to the principles of the Movement, but embraced the future. They were practical enough to see the methods and utopian ideals of their English counterparts would not work in the long run. High costs associated with handcrafting pottery, furniture, and buildings meant that without embracing technology and automation they would never be able to deliver these designs and crafts to the workers who created them. To that end, many followed Gustav Stickley's example and industrialized to some extent.
 
The manifestation was Craftsman-style materials, homes, and decor. The term "Craftsman" is attributed to Stickley, who published a magazine by that name from 1901 to 1916. It was, however, more commonly referred to at the time as a simplicity movement.
 
To discuss Flynner Homes’ philosophy on the Arts & Crafts Movement contact me directly, 208-867-4587 or visit us at www.flynnerhomes.com .
 
Cheers,
 
Scott Flynn, RMB, CGP
 
Posted by Scott Flynn at 12/19/2008 6:30:00 PM
Comments (3)
Re:The Arts & Crafts Philosophy in America
That was one of the best posts here. I ended up googling half of it to understand your references!

I believe the economic Spring season (not calendar but 80-85 year cycle) will bring a rebirth of this type of design and a general repulsion from the oversized poorly built construction of summer and winter.
Posted by on 12/21/2008 3:33 AM
Re:The Arts & Crafts Philosophy in America
I feel we are back in the mid 1900s when the community was fed up with only having boring production homes to choose from and wanted to see creativity and craftsmanship revived in the homes they purchased. I hope for the sake of the Treasure Valley we trend back to more of the Arts & Crafts philosophy, the Valley deserves it.
Posted by Scott Flynn on 12/22/2008 11:10 AM
Re:The Arts & Crafts Philosophy in America
Scott,
Your writing is a tribute to the style, and so too your homes. Best to you and success in the New Year. Katy @idahoblue
Posted by on 12/23/2008 7:40 PM
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