•Considers a practical and aesthetic perspective on lighting styles in the American Arts and Crafts eraThe invention of American Arts and Crafts lighting was an irresistible phenomenon for many early twentieth-century artisans and designers. As it blossomed, it became a unique expression of craft, creativity, and technology. Arts and Crafts Lighting examines the advent of electric lighting from 1895 to 1920, showcasing more than eighty objects in the Two Red Roses Foundation Collection. The artisans, architects, and firms responsible for these works are discussed, along with the nature of their designs, their working methods, their creative use of wood, metal, glass, mica, ceramic, and other natural materials, and their imaginative handling of incandescent light to create functional, radiant beauty within the domestic sphere.
David Cathers is an independent scholar and the author of several books and essays on the American arts and crafts movement.