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Arts and Crafts Furniture: From Classic to Contemporary

Arts and Crafts Furniture: From Classic to Contemporary

by Kevin Rodel, Jon Binzen
     
 

Arts and Crafts is more than a style of architecture. It is an enduring furniture style that honors the tradition of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. This book takes a fresh look at the history and influences that resulted in beautiful, functional pieces designed to enhance the interiors of classic Arts & Crafts homes. From William Morris and the roots

Overview

Arts and Crafts is more than a style of architecture. It is an enduring furniture style that honors the tradition of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. This book takes a fresh look at the history and influences that resulted in beautiful, functional pieces designed to enhance the interiors of classic Arts & Crafts homes. From William Morris and the roots of the movement, through Gustav Stickley, the Prairie School, and including contemporary pieces, this book celebrates the classic furniture—and the master craftsmen who made it.- Nearly 500 color photos illustrate examples of the Arts & Crafts style.- A comprehensive look at the design and construction of furniture from classic to modern.- Features an extensive list of Arts & Crafts resources and full bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Books such as these make reviewing a true pleasure. The book by Cathers (Stickley Style), a lavish, comprehensive monograph on the life and, in particular, the work of an originator of the Arts & Crafts furniture design movement in the United States, is a fine, deep, and impressive exploration. Gustav Stickley had wide-ranging influence as a designer, particularly through the periodical The Craftsman. He worked with simple lines, virtually shorn of ornamentation, and the materials and craft of construction took center stage in his furniture and, later, architectural designs (most often conceived and implemented by others). Produced on heavy, glossy paper stock, with several hundred illustrations, both color and black-and-white photography, and line drawings, this work meticulously highlights Stickley's enormous contribution to design. The bibliography and index make this volume particularly useful. Arts & Crafts Furniture provides a broader context for the design movement of Stickley's time, helping readers understand fully the revolution he engendered. The volume shines in its careful delineation and exploration of the differences among designers and the different styles of the time, facilitated by textual discussions, drawings, and photographs. The definitions are clear, and examples bring many stylistic distinctions into sharper focus. Though distinctly different in focus, both volumes are celebrations of the art and work particularly well in tandem.-Alex Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561583591
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
459,658
Product dimensions:
9.44(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Rodel, one of the foremost makers of hand-crafted craftsman furniture, has been making custom furniture in Maine since 1978. He and his wife, Susan Mack, have been operating their own custom furniture business, Mack and Rodel since 1986. Their work has been featured in woodworking magazines and books on Craftsman interiors. Kevin Rodel has contributed articles on craftsman style and techniques to Fine Woodworking and Home Furniture

Jonathan Binzen is a writer and photographer specializing in furniture and architecture. He's a former senior editor at Fine Woodworking magazine and has written for This Old House and American Craft.

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