London and its metropolitan area are the sources of much of our own American modern architectural and interior design. Whether Arts and Crafts or metallic “modernist,” London’s designers of the 19th century paved the way for our 20th-century ideals of “honest” design. Join Barry Lewis and discover how John Soane, William Morris, Owen Jones, Joseph Paxton, and others inspired Americans to embrace modernisms long before Mies van der Rohe was even born.
Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who currently teaches at Cooper Union Forum and specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.
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