Illuminating arts and crafts interiors: lighting design in the 1890s

Kankaanpaa, Anna (2017) Illuminating arts and crafts interiors: lighting design in the 1890s. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The aim of this thesis is to re-root the study of the Arts and Crafts movement in its Victorian economic and socio-cultural context. It does so by focusing on the design of light fittings, thus introducing an element of history of technology into art historical discourse on the Arts and Crafts movement. This new line of inquiry allows for a reassessment of the relationship the Arts and Crafts has been perceived to have had with the idea of modernity as well as tradition.

Firstly this thesis introduces different illumination technologies on the market in the 1890s to showcase the intrinsic connection technology had with the design of the material culture of domestic lighting. Secondly, it argues that Arts and Crafts lighting should be studied as completed schemes that had an active aesthetic and functional role in designed interiors. Thirdly, this thesis highlights how the objects of illumination are mimetic and concrete ways in which these interiors were connected to wider infrastructures of society.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available.
Keywords: Arts and crafts, lighting, interior design, Ashbee, Mackintosh, history of technology, 1890.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Supervisor's Name: Wieber, Dr. Sabine and De Montfort, Dr. Patricia
Date of Award: 2017
Depositing User: Miss Anna K Kankaanpaa
Unique ID: glathesis:2017-8255
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 12:59
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 15:16

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