Charles Francis Annesley Voysey

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey was a British architect and designer of furniture, metalwork, textiles, and wallpapers, whose work is associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Born in Yorkshire, Voysey was articled to the architect J. P. Seddon in 1874 and then to Henry Saxon Snell and George Devey before establishing his own architectural practice in 1881. From 1883, he also engaged in the more lucrative business of designing textiles and wallpapers for manufacturers such as Jeffrey & Co. and Essex & Co. He joined the Art Workers’ Guild in 1884 and became Master of the Guild in 1924. Voysey emphasized pursuing simplicity in decoration through the use of limited color schemes and stylized forms, as can be seen in his designs for textiles and wallpapers. His architectural work extended to interiors, and his textile and wallpaper designs in muted colors worked well in his stark vernacularly inspired interiors. In furniture design, Voysey was equally sparing with ornament, producing simple and functional designs emphasizing the beauty of the material, such as unpolished oak, relieved by metal fittings, heart-shaped motifs, or other highly styled and sparsely applied natural motifs.

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