Stanley Webb Davies: Domestic Furniture and Designs
11 November 2011 - 19 February 2012
Furniture and designs by Windermere-based designer-craftsman Stanley Webb Davies (1894-1978). The exhibits include designs and photographs from Davies’ company archive.
Although Davies was not born until the nineteenth century was coming to an end, his workshop was run along the purest Arts & Crafts lines, producing furniture using only traditional techniques, made from the finest quality materials and to impeccable standards of craftsmanship. He believed in giving his craftsmen the freedom to express their own individuality in their work, and defined fine craftsmanship as ‘utility infused with individuality and touched with beauty’. His words ‘there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his works’ in his pamphlet Fine Craftsmanship reflect how closely he aligned himself with John Ruskin’s philosophy.