Masters of the Craft

Masters of the Craft

Extraordinary Arts and Crafts Furniture

comments (9) February 6th, 2014 in blogs

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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Gustav Stickley's Craftsman furniture-stout, rectilinear designs pared of ornament and built in solid wood with exposed joinery-is the most widely recognized American example of the Arts and Crafts style. Hundreds of thousands of pieces in a similar vein were cranked out in factories across the northeast and Midwest during the first decade and a half of the 20th century. Yet the Arts and Crafts movement was far from monolithic in style. Its proponents spanned the globe and produced furniture in a spectrum of styles. From John Scott Bradstreet in Minneapolis to Ernest Gimson in the English countryside and Josef Hoffmann in Vienna, Arts and Crafts designers created furniture that would seem to have little in common with mainstream Mission style pieces. Yet all these disparate makers shared a common inspiration, the English designer, craftsman and writer William Morris. Morris's philosophy, laid out in his writings but also expressed through the architecture, crafts and decorative arts created by his firm, Morris & Company, provided the impetus and the roadmap for the Arts and Crafts movement.


This audio slideshow presents the work of some of the less familiar-but quite extraordinary-designers and makers of the Arts and Crafts movement.


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Comments (9)

SteffenRestoration SteffenRestoration writes: Great job! Always one of the best periods in furniture history, and to preserve and handle..
Posted: 11:02 pm on February 21st

Cityfide_Country_Boy Cityfide_Country_Boy writes: There are times where I look at a piece of furniture and imagine what the craftsman was like. What he wore to work or in his shop, what he was thinking about while he worked, and if when he finished the project he imagined it would still be around for people to enjoy in 2014. I sometimes wonder if anything I ever create will ever be fought over at auction or cherrished by some common homeowner as their one prized antique. The art of the furniture itself hasn't been to prevelant in my thoughts, but seeing the simple round table with it's chunky wood base and feet just made me realize that if something that simple could be interpreted as "powerful" and I immediately understood that it was; then the whole concept of art and its very unspoken definition could be understood in the pegged tennons and cloaked commonality of a table that may
have held a purely utilitarian purpose.
Posted: 12:15 am on March 14th

Shakaleg Shakaleg writes: Quite an education, thank you! I really didn't know just how broad the Arts & Crafts movement really was. Styles like Arts & Crafts and Shaker get filtered-down to the most iconic pieces and elements, but when you look back you find that each style, historically, had far more breadth.
Posted: 9:49 am on March 3rd

sodbuster sodbuster writes: Thank you for this peek into names & makers that we might not otherwise enounter. More sites on my touring wishlist! Is there a chance that FWW could add links or information on how we might find design or drawing information on some of the pieces?
Posted: 10:46 am on March 1st

noqtr noqtr writes: I didn't want this slideshow to quit ! that was very interesting. I d like to see each section /artist in even more depth and detail. Thanks!
Posted: 6:59 am on March 1st

TSC1 TSC1 writes: Great slideshow, Its great seeing stuff like this, really gives me inspiration to try new things. I particularly like the chest of drawers a 3.37

Posted: 3:51 pm on February 19th

Woodsmithy Woodsmithy writes: Wonderful slideshow showing some of the best arts and crafts furniture and homes 1890-1910. Designs that obviously influenced the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.
Posted: 7:30 pm on February 17th

accessaw accessaw writes: Extraordinary slide show, In my opinion Morris's work is genius.
Posted: 6:03 am on February 17th

Hypoicon Hypoicon writes: Wonderful presentation from a carefully constructed script. It's a real pity that the script wasn't entered into the captioning capability of the software. Captions are helpful to both hearing and non-hearing people.
Posted: 7:24 am on February 13th

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