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Charles unveils prototype Arts & Crafts home

March 19 2012

Charles unveils prototype Arts & Crafts home
HRH The Prince of Wales has supped tea within his prototype Art & Crafts House, a prototype for a new breed of low carbon eco home which the Prince intends to unleash across the UK.

Inspired by the 19th century movement of the same name the full scale mock-up has been erected for the Ideal Home Show and is intended to showcase how sustainability can be both comfortable and beautiful – by employing good quality materials and craftsmanship.

This includes stained glass, decorative ironwork, lino-cut wallpaper, timber flooring, decorative stencilling, handmade tiles, traditional joinery and slate worktops sourced from England’s last slate quarry.

Many of these features have been produced by students from several of the Prince’s charities; including The Prince’s School for the Traditional Arts and The Prince’s Drawing School.

Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation said: “The Prince’s Arts & Crafts House is an attractive, affordable, low energy green home designed by The Prince’s Foundation and built with a focus on natural materials and British craftsmanship…”

“We believe that sustainability comes from re-discovering local materials and craftsmanship and creating beautiful, well built homes with real character that will hold their value and continue to be useful and adaptable long into the future."

The home is scheduled to make an appearance at the Scottish Ideal Home Show between from june 2nd to 5th whereupon it will be put to use as someone’s home
A new breed of arts & crafts housing could soon proliferate around the UK
A new breed of arts & crafts housing could soon proliferate around the UK


#1 Posted by "El" on 19 Mar 2012 at 16:41 PM
He should have waited a couple of weeks before releasing this news statement.
At least then, we could mistaken it for an April Fool!
I don't mind the debate between traditional and contemporary but surely this even a step too far into the pastiche for a staunch traditionalist.
Jimbob Tanktop
#2 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 19 Mar 2012 at 19:10 PM
He looks comfy on that chair, doesn't he? ***********************.

Brings to mind a few years back, at the British Caravan Show. On being shown around one of the fore mentioned mobile dwellings, Prince Edward said 'You could live in one of these!'
#3 Posted by markss on 20 Mar 2012 at 10:10 AM
The caption for image 1 should read

"Porcelain dogs? One was rather hoping for a couple of nice glass sculptures by Richard Rogers."
HRH SAndals
#4 Posted by HRH SAndals on 20 Mar 2012 at 14:08 PM
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#5 Posted by SAndals on 20 Mar 2012 at 14:24 PM
Doh! lol
#6 Posted by dirige on 20 Mar 2012 at 16:16 PM
The 'Ideal Home Show' is the worst event I have ever been to. I was expecting a 100% Design type of thing but it's more haberdashery, Architectural Design (non architects) peddling business and naff interior design nonsense to be sold to bored Milngavie house wives at the expense of their husbands wallet.

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