Updating an Antique
How an Arts and Crafts hall stand was redesigned for the 21st century without compromising its character
Synopsis: Reproducing furniture doesn’t limit you to identically reproducing function. The author, a designer by trade, kept the proportions from an inspiration piece but altered its function to fit 21st-century needs. She updated an Arts and Crafts hall stand so that the umbrella storage portions became capped storage compartments. This article will get your creative juices flowing for similar adjustments on your pieces.
From Fine Woodworking #165
Several years ago, I came across a photo of an Arts and Crafts hall stand in a book on English interiors. I was struck by the bold bevels of the crown and the interplay of vertical and horizontal elements throughout the piece.
Recently, while looking through a lumber broker’s inventory, I ran across a stack of curly white oak. The figure, rippled like a pre-Raphaelite beauty’s hair, immediately brought to mind the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the era during which the original…