A drawing room in 1910
This represents the drawing room of a semi-detached house in the new suburbs of North London. These cottage-style houses included Arts and Crafts features such as a ‘living-hall’, oak fireplaces, simple mouldings and low ceilings.
The French windows, which allowed direct access to the garden, ensured the room was light. Electric power was also a new feature in these houses.
Plain, oak furniture in the Arts and Crafts style was arranged informally alongside more traditional pieces based on English designs, such as Sheraton.
The Art Nouveau style, characterised by sinuous plant forms was particularly suited to objects in metal, such as centre light fittings. A variety of fabrics including cretonnes, chintzes and tapestries, were used for furnishings and upholstery. These did not necessarily match, but the scheme was unified by using similar colours and complementary patterns.
with mahogany frame, in Queen Anne revival style, upholstered in original woven wool and cotton fabric, with a design of stylised foliage, c1905.
||Bowl, silver, with stone or glass roundels, with sponsor’s mark for Bernard Cuznor, manufactured in Birmingham, c1913|
designed by Ernest Gimson, c1900.