True Greene and Greene
Learn how the elements work together, and then use them in your furniture
Synopsis: Born out of the Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century, the marriage of styles created by California architects Charles and Henry Greene continues to please the eye and spark the imagination 100 years later. Their designs, which have been revered, copied, and rediscovered countless times over the past century, mix the subtlety of Chinese furniture with the boldness of Japanese temple design and the sinuous lines of Art Nouveau. Furniture maker Gary Rogowski has been a student of Greene and Greene style for most of his career. The way he approaches this style could serve as a blueprint for others who’d like to incorporate the Greenes’ design philosophy into their own work.
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From Fine Woodworking #203
The marrying of styles is a tricky business. Add the wrong elements, or too much of one over another, and the results look wrong and out of place. Brothers Charles and Henry Greene, the California architects of the early 20th century, created a marriage of styles that continues to please the eye and capture the imagination 100 years later. They took the plainness and exposed joinery of Arts and Crafts furniture, mixed it with the subtlety of Chinese furniture and the boldness of Japanese temple design, and then with a final flourish threw in a taste of the sinuous lines of Art Nouveau. The result is a style that has been revered, copied, and rediscovered, but remains uniquely Greene and Greene.
If you are attempting a faithful reproduction of a Greene and Greene piece, you’ll want to understand each of the essential elements in order to capture the original spirit. If you are brewing your own blend, you’ll need to know how the Greenes combined…