FHS lecture: The Furniture Designs of C F A Voysey

RFS members may be interested in the following Furniture History Society Zoom lecture by Tony Peart, whose fascinating house in Carlisle some RFS members visited during our Carlisle and the Borders conference in 2016.

A Sense of Proportion and Puritanical Love of Simplicity: The Furniture Designs of

C. F. A. Voysey


Tony Peart

Sunday, 9 October 2022

19.00-20.15 (BST), 14.00-15.15 (EDT)

On Zoom

Supported by the The Voysey Society, in association with BIFMO

C. F. A. Voysey (1857-1941) was one of the leading architects of the Arts & Crafts Movement. He was of the generation that immediately followed

A. W. N. Pugin and E. W. Godwin and, like them, saw the architect’s role as not to simply design a building but also to design the objects and furnishings that would be found within it, from the paper on the walls to the cutlery on the table. Even before his architectural career was fully established, he was widely celebrated as the leading pattern designer of his generation and would go on to design metalware, lighting, sculpture, and ceramics.

Voysey had a long career as a furniture designer; his earliest design dating to the mid-1880s and his last to the mid-1930s but, as with his architecture, it took many years of trial and error for him to ‘find his feet’. By 1900 he had matured into a consummate designer of simple, austere, oak furniture and was creating the iconic pieces that would influence the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and which, even today, remain highly valued in design collections worldwide.

Tony Peart is a Senior Lecturer in Illustration at The University of Cumbria and a Trustee of the C. F. A. Voysey Society (voyseysociety.org). He has researched and written about most aspects of Voysey’s decorative design and related nineteenth and early twentieth century decorative design. He is currently preparing a monograph on The Birmingham Guild of Handicraft and is in the early stages of researching British manufactured anthroposophical furniture.

FHS Members will be emailed the link one week before the lecture, non-members can pay £5 to attend via this link. using event code UMEHEH

For any queries, please email events@furniturehistorysociety.org.

Save the Date:


British Furniture Making and the Globalised Trade

Every Wednesday at 4.30 – 7.30pm (GMT) throughout November 2022, four speakers will deliver presentations on this theme on Zoom.

2nd November

The Impact of Immigration on the Furniture Trade in the Seventeenth Century

9th November

Furniture Making in London and Europe 

16th November

Global Networks and Furniture Making in the Eighteenth Century

23rd November

Immigration and Emigration of Furniture Makers in Britain and France in the Nineteenth Century 

30th November

Making the Modern World: Global Connections in the Twentieth Century

Don’t worry if you miss the event live as most of the sessions will be recorded and links to recordings will be sent to ticketholders.  

It will be possible to book the sessions individually or as a course.  

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite from the beginning of October.  

More information will be available shortly on the FHS website. 

If you have further questions please email Ann Davies on bifmo@furniturehistorysociety.org.