The Thakeham Seat: A Little Piece of Lutyens

by Fiona Rose

Owning one of the magnificent country houses built by English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens is unfortunately beyond the means of most of us. However, I do own a little piece of Lutyens in my garden, his famous "Lutyens Bench"...

Trying to Understand Janey: Much More Than Just A Muse

by Fiona Rose

The Collected Letters of Jane Morris edited by Frank C Sharp and Jan Marsh (Boydell, 2013) offers a new perspective on the character and achievements of a woman often portrayed as "just" the wife of William Morris and muse to Dante Gabriel Rossetti...

Elbert Hubbard - Founder of the Roycroft & Grandfather of Modern Marketing

by Fiona Rose

Elbert Hubbard was the founder of the Roycroft Arts & Crafts Community and the grandfather of modern marketing...

The Argyle Chair: From Miss Cranston to Blade Runner

by Fiona Rose

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's iconic high backed chair has adorned Glasgow Tea Rooms and the set of Blade Runner...

Strawberry Thief

by Fiona Rose

Designed by William Morris, the print "Strawberry Thief" was registered in May 1883 but what is the story and inspiration behind this design?

The Genius of Fallingwater

by Fiona Rose

Fallingwater is the name of a very special house built by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright between 1936 and 1939. The house made Frank Lloyd Wright famous around the world when it appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1938.

A Jovial Time at the Oxford Union

by Fiona Rose

In the summer of 1857 a group of young artists, led by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, set out on a "jovial campaign" to paint Arthurian murals in the Oxford Union...

A Visit to CFA Voysey's The Homestead

by Fiona Rose

Last week I was fortunate enough to visit The Homestead in Frinton-On-Sea designed by CFA Voysey.

A Visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton

by Fiona Rose

78 Derngate in Northampton is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh...

The Iconic Sussex Chair - Practical and Elegant

by Fiona Rose

Also in the 'Paradise' room of the recent Pre-Raphaelites Exhibition at the V & A was one of the firm's iconic Sussex Chairs.


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