Oak Chest on Stand
Design details evoke vintage English Arts and Crafts
Synopsis: This oak chest-on-stand is an homage to C.F.A. Voysey, a major influence in the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Mario Rodriguez designed the chest with half-blind dovetails, a single drawer, and a frame-and-panel lid where the panel sits proud of the frame. The base has tapered legs and a shop-made ogee molding that cradles the chest.
I’ve always been attracted to English Arts and Crafts furniture, in particular to the pieces designed by C.F.A. Voysey. Regarded as a major influence in early 20th-century design, Voysey designed pieces that embraced the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement in England. His spare and timeless furniture is characterized by a wonderful sense of proportion, clean lines, and strong vertical elements that were often relieved by gentle horizontal curves.
To channel Voysey’s spirit, I built an English-inspired piece of furniture: a chest on stand in white oak.…