The first World’s Fair in 1851 was a spectacle, the likes of which had never been seen before. More than 17,000 exhibitors from 28 countries accepted Prince Albert’s invitation to come to London’s Hyde Park and set up exhibits to show off the progress and wealth of their country. A flood of goods from all over the world poured out across more than ten hectares of land, transforming the event into the 19th century’s very own Babylonia. The Great Exhibition, as it is often called, still serves as a snapshot of industrial history and was also the birth of British design. However, it is also considered the birth of the Arts & Crafts movement, which feared a decline in quality and culture due to the upswing in industrial production. This year’s collection by Hodsoll McKenzie operates in this area of tension between futurity and awareness of tradition.
The HODSOLL MCKENZIE Collections
English interiors have always included an inspired mix of the traditional and the exotic. Since the days of the Empire when treasures from the Far East and Africa mixed with floral prints and fine velvets, the English home created a romantic blend of the familiar with the unexpected. It’s this spirit of world travel and artistic expression that defines the new Hodsoll McKenzie Bohemian collection.