The rebel craftsman of his time
Synopsis: An article written before Stickley’s resurgence in popularity, this piece offers thorough detailing of the history and growth of the Gustav Stickley style. Stickley was determined to create a persona and streamlined construction that would eliminate most needless decoration. Each article was to be free from pretense, and in his own words, “fitted for the place it was to occupy and the work it had to do.” Learn about Stickley’s aesthetic goals, motto, materials, and successes; the eager throngs who copied him for their own profit; and how his company weathered the competition.
One of the last great designer-craftsmen to come out of the 19th century was Gustav Stickley. Today, this cabinetmaker and entrepreneur is almost forgotten. But for 15 brief years before World War I, Stickley’s “Craftsman” furniture and furnishings enjoyed great popularity. A change in popular taste and the onslaught of mass-produced goods spelled the…