A Catalogue of Furniture Made by Elmdon & Co [...] From Designs by Charles Spooner & Arthur J. Penty
London: Martlet Press nd c1905
xvpp text + 60 b/w plates, mostly photographs with some line ills. Small square 4to in brown paper wrappers with Arts and Crafts lettering. A very good copy. Lovely showcase catalogue, issued just after Elmdon took over the Wood Handicraft Society. The introductory essay lays out their design philosophy and explains their use of traditional methods and materials, especially oak, mahogany and walnut. The following catalogue displays some of the company's finest 'moderate priced' furniture, designed by Spooner and Penty, two leading architects/designers/thinkers of the period. Overall, the catalogue is a kind of visual manifesto for the newly formed company, its contents reflecting an ideological as well as aesthetic stance. The last pages show shop front design which both architects engaged with. Rare.