Late 19th and early 20th century “anxieties about the quality of life in the industrial era and the rise of mass-produced goods” motivated Arts and Crafts designers to create objects that were both beautiful and functional. The new building designed to display their work is a modern reminder that beauty and design need not be sacrificed for usefulness. These images are my impressions of a few features that caught my eye.
We no longer trust beauty as a serious means of investigation. But it can be ... In fact, beauty can be incendiary; it can be subversive; it can make us cringe.
-- David Maisel, Photographer
"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it." -- Anais Nin
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders of the universe, the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race.” -- Rachel Carson