For every lauded design development, movement or
product of the last century, many other distinguished pieces have
quietly followed: the foot soldiers of design that silently steered
the march towards the larger aesthetic trends. Homespun showcases
the best of twentieth-century British art and industrial design,
going beyond the usual celebrated design icons to shine the spotlight
across a wider arc.
Skilled craftsmanship and considered design principles underscore
the Homespun aesthetic: a selection of furniture, fabric, art, ceramic
and other objects that combines the ruralist ideals of the Cotswold
schools, the ‘Common sense’ principles of Gordon Russell,
with the intellectual thinking behind Isokon and the thoughtful
combination of David Hicks’s interiors schemes.
The hand hewn carvings of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson,
the localised factory production of Lucian Ercolani to the mass
industrial output of Hille all take theirplace in the Homespun interior
to create a relaxed democratic retrospective of vintage design.