Arts and Crafts Lighting
Although it had developed in the U.K much earlier the Arts and Crafts movement didn’t take root in North American till the early 20th century. With an emphasis on craft and workmanship, Arts and Crafts styles are very earnest and are meant to reflect the integrity of the materials used. Largely confined to residential architecture, Arts and Crafts houses often feature simple, symmetrical designs on a horizontal plain. Common elements include large overhanging porches, shingle siding, rusticated store work and warm wood trimmed interiors. Variations of the Arts and Crafts style are still being built today as it is a popular choice for chalets, cottages and country houses.
Arts and Crafts lighting fixtures are often very simple in design and are comprised of balance, symmetry and geometric design. Hammered appliqués, warm coloured glass, mica and rich brown and verde patina finishes are all hallmarks of Arts and Crafts lighting. Mission lighting (simple variation on Arts and Crafts) features square and rectangular details with little to no decorative detailing.