Charles Francis Annesley Voysey
28 May 1857 – 12 February 1941
Voysey was one of the founders of the English Arts & Crafts Movement. His delightful patterns reflect the simplicity of the natural world, using the flowing stylized forms of animals, birds and flowers.
"The life of animals might be made a source of stimulating joy in our own lives," Voysey wrote. "We all feel a sense of pleasure when the wild bird sings!"
Highly regarded as a wallpaper designer in the early 20th century, many of his works have become archived over subsequent years. It is our great privilege to breath fresh life into his collections and help establish his rightful legacy in the English Arts & Crafts Movement.
Voysey's wallpapers have a delightful whimsical quality, capturing a childlike naivety that enchants and will give great charm to your decorative scheme.
Many of Voysey's patterns contain a hidden heart motif, see if you can discover some of them!
"Voysey's great contribution to pattern design, lay in his transformation of flowers, trees, and other natural forms into flat shapes or silhouettes - often with no linear detail at all _ then building complex and exciting patterns from these elements." Anne Stewart O'Donnell
C.F.A.Voysey enjoyed a highly successful career as an architect. Many of his iconic homes are still treasured across Europe & North America.
Voysey built homes in a simple vernacular style, using an informality, that was revolutionary in a country house of that time.
These typically exhibit white rough rendered walls with horizontal ribbon windows and large pitched roofs and are recognized as his distinctive style by their simplicity and originality.
Voysey's fame was a result of his total disregard of contemporary design at the time. He drew away from the ornate and intricate look that so many architects and designers favored during Victorian times. He used straight lines, gentle curves and open spaces. He took something of a minimalist approach and held firm in the belief that less is more, an attitude we often come across today.
Voysey designed interiors & furniture to complete his houses. Again the simplicity of design, coupled with the use of traditional craftsmanship, create elegant interiors with a timeless appeal.