The Arts & Crafts movement may only have been around for 30 years or so in the UK and Europe (1880 – 1910), but its influence brought us influential names like Sanderson and William Morris, that still resonate today.  

Having swept through Europe and North America, it reached Japan in the 1920s, where they fell for its traditional craftsmanship, clean lines and folkloric style of decoration.

Essentially, the look was anti-industrial, harking back to a more romantic, but still realistic era. It was also a strong reaction to the decorative arts movement that had preceded it – a protest against the perceived decline in standards of both production and the conditions of the workers involved. In short, those involved were seeking a return to well-made, hand-crafted, quality goods.

The Inspiration Behind The Look

As with any artistic look or movement, it’s hard to define the single moment it came to fruition, as trends naturally develop with time. However, Augustus Pugin (architect), John Ruskin (writer) and William Morris (designer) are strongly credited as the developing influences for 20 years on the movement’s underlying principles.

As for the name, it’s commonly thought that T.J. Cobden Sanderson (artist, bookmaker and binder) first used the term whilst at a meeting of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society.


The Products

The movement was prolific – inspiring everything from furniture, including fireplaces and settles to sit on either side of them, through to fabrics, decorative art, stained glass and tableware. It’s easy to spot Arts & Crafts designs – look for simple forms, flow of movement and patterns inspired by flora and fauna or heart motifs.


Arts & Crafts Replacement Doors at JMF Doors

One of our most popular designs, this arts and crafts door has a simple, repeating square motif that echoes the style so beloved by Arts & Crafts designers. Quintessentially English, they lend a cosy, homely feel to any style of room.

Available in a variety of heights and widths, they’re delivered made-to-measure and ready for you to paint in your chosen colour. It’s a wonderful way to introduce this style into your home or to complement existing pieces of furniture or ornaments that you may already own.