Andrew Spira: The Industrial Revolution & the Decorative Arts

Monday 13 May 2019

The Industrial Revolution had a profound impact on the decorative arts, bringing commodities that had previously been associated with the nobility within reach of the ever-growing middle-class.

Radical new inventions enabled an increased quantity of goods to be produced at a reduced cost, while also accelerating the manufacturing process. This led to the development of shops and entrepreneurs which led in turn to completely new attitudes towards life-style and self-fashioning that continue to pervade our everyday lives.