Crafts" became the craze. In this way the ball was set rolling.
But what of the types referred to themselves ? I have said that they were brought forward as a practical protest against the cheap and nasty over-elaboration that had for so long been rampant, and of which we still see far too much ; and, naturally perhaps, they went to the other extreme. The ideas which underlay them were indisputably admirable, but in too many instances they were carried into effect by men who, skilled as they were in other departments of art, had not taken the trouble to master even the A B C of furniture design or manufacture. As an inevitable result, they were endowed with much of the comic element. This furniture was made by primitive methods of construction, and was accordingly costly ; in some cases it was so badly put together that it came to pieces in the Gallery. Yet, with all this, the idea was there, and was destined to bear remarkably rich fruit.
The professional furniture designer, and the manufacturer—in fact, the much - abused "trade"—saw that the Arts and Crafts Exhibitions had done much towards the creation of a genuine demand for simple and quaint furniture ; so they—who were trained to the business—-set to work in that direction, and, with the aid of all the most modern, and most perfect, facilities and manufacturing appliances that money can command, produced their own designs upon commercial lines, and found that they met with the heartiest welcome. Thus, these simple forms found their way into the greater number of the furnishers' showrooms of any importance up and down the country ; and, as they were unusual, comparatively inexpensive, and far superior in construction and design to much that was already there, their popularity became assured.
Of this " Quaint/' in its best phases, it may be said that comparative simplicity is the keynote ; that, in cultivating
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