Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) decided in 1874 to start a business in London. With a £2,000 loan from his future father-in-law, he accepted the lease of half a shop at 218a Regent Street with three staff members. The shop specialized on selling ornaments, fabric and objets d'art from Japan and the East. Within eighteen months, he had repaid the loan and acquired the second half of 218 Regent Street. As the business grew, neighbouring properties were bought and added. Today the Liberty style is recognised above all as bearing the essential characteristics of the Arts and Crafts movement and Liberty has become a generic term for furniture in this artistic and decorative mode.
Liberty furnished the royal bedroom, Mrs Dickson’s bedroom and James Fredrik Dickson’s private workroom at Tjolöholm. But appart from those three rooms, Liberty's influence at our castle is all-pervasive and immediately apparent and we have a large collection of correspondence between Mrs Dickson and Liberty in our cellar archive.
The exterior architecture of the department store is strikingly similar to the gate house and the annexe at Tjoloholm.
Liberty was the focus of a documentary series, airing on Channel 4 in Great Britain. If you want to see the episodes you can search for “Liberty of London” at Youtube. #liberty#libertylondon#libertystyle#artsandcraftsmovement#artsandcraftshome#artsandcraftsarchitecture#korsvirkeshus#varuhus#tjolöholm#tjolöholmsslott#mittkba#kungsbacka#göteborg#gothenburg#halland#västkusten#visithalland#swedishmoments#visitsweden#london#england#unitedkingdom#greatbritain#sverige#sweden
Coastal areas are some of the most productive and biologically diverse on the planet.
Every time you visit Tjolöholm, you’re ensuring that we can continue to protect this natural and cultural heritage for years to come. Thank you.
Pic by @gissew .