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Gordon Russell: An English Craftsman-Designer

The handmade tradition of fine English furniture blossomed in the early twentieth century, but it was Gordon Russell who took ‘design for living’ into a new phase of creativity. For connoisseurs of fine English-made furniture, the craftsmen-designers of the twentieth century produced pieces that are eagerly collected today. In the last issue of Arts & Collections we looked back at the Arts & Crafts movement (1880s-1920s), when, at the turn of the century, English furniture...

Fratelli Piotti: True Craftmanship

The Piotti company was founded in 1960 in Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia) by Araldo and Faustino Piotti and today are renowned throughout the world by connoisseurs of fine firearms. The company are probably the only bespoke gun maker in the world able to make any type and calibre of modern shotgun and rifle in their own family run company. The second generation of the Piotti family now run the company, and all are involved at...

The Handmade Trade: English Furniture

Through the many developing periods of the handmade trade of English furniture, the period that saw the development of the Arts & Crafts movements is one of the most interesting and well documented. English furniture making has a long and illustrious heritage. Entirely hand-made furniture came from the workshop until the advent of the industrial revolution of the mid-19th century and it was not long until a grow degree of mechanisation reached both large and...

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