A Short History of Design
A visual guide to woodworking's enduring styles
Here’s a condensed visual overview of furniture styles that Fine Woodworking has profiled over its first 25 years, artfully illustrated by Graham Blackburn. This article highlights the most influential periods in furniture-making history, including the Mahogany Period (1702-1780), which gave rise to such names as Thomas Chippendale and the Goddards and Townsends of Newport; The Federal Period (1780-1840), with trend setters such as Duncan Phyfe; the introduction of mass production in the 19th century; and the philosophical movements spurred by the Shaker communities, and artists involved in the Arts and Crafts movement.
From Fine Woodworking #146