Elbert Green Hubbard black and white picture
Elbert Green Hubbard black and white picture

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 – 1915) was an American furniture designer. Hubbard met William Morris in 1894 and the following year inspired by Morris’s Kelmscott Press, founded the Raycroft Press’ East Aurora, near Buffalo, New York. He was the founder of the Roycrofters, an Arts and Crafts community; he organized workshops, lectured, and wrote as a highly effective champion of the Arts and Crafts philosophy.

“Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.”

Elbert Hubbard

He established a group of enterprises, including book publishing and binding, furniture production, leatherwork, and metalware. There were more than 400 people in the utopian Ray-croft community, based on the British Arts and Crafts movement, but with a commercial slant of its own. The Roycrofters operated a restaurant which served the-many tourists who discovered its activities through its publications (Little Journey’s pamphlets, The Philistine monthly journal, and mail-order catalogues advertising gift items and souvenirs). Hubbard was a co-founder of the Larkin Company in Buffalo. He and his wife died aboard the ocean liner Lusitania in 1915. His son Elbert Hubbard Jr. became director of the Roycrofters until the community closed in 1938.

Antique embossed 3-piece mixed products
Antique embossed 3-piece mixed products
Mahogany Cellarette made at Roycroft
Mahogany Cellarette made at Roycroft

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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