Arts and Crafts Furniture: From Classic to Contemporary

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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 ...

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561583591
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 809,518
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1. Furniture of the Arts and Crafts Movement 4
Social Reform, Design Revolution 6
Hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts Style 11
How the Movement Spread 15
2. William Morris: The Roots of Arts and Crafts 18
Furnishing the Red House 20
Morris & Co.: A Guild Goes into Business 22
Gallery: The Art of Morris & Co 26
3. Arts and Crafts in the Country: Gimson, the Barnsleys, and the Cotswolds Vernacular 32
London Calling 34
To the Cotswold Countryside 35
The Cotswold Legacy 40
Gallery: Cotswolds Country 42
4. English Architects and Designers 46
A. H. Mackmurdo and the Awakening of Arts and Crafts 48
C. F. A. Voysey: Refined Simplicity 49
The Artful Interior: M. H. Baillie Scott 51
Liberty's and Heal & Son: Commercial Arts and Crafts in England 52
Gallery: England's Professional Caste 56
5. Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style 62
Mackintosh: Style Innovator 64
Mackintosh Emerges 65
The Glasgow Style's Other Contributors 69
Mackintosh on the Wane 71
Gallery: The Glasgow Style 72
6. Continental Europe 82
Arts and Crafts in Austria 84
Ruskin and Morris in Deutschland 87
Ernst Ludwig's Legacy 89
Gallery: The Vienna Secession 90
7. Gustav Stickley and His Brothers 94
Origins of the Style 96
Essence of the Craftsman Style 98
Stickley's Impact 101
Which Is the Real Stickley Furniture? 103
Gallery: The Stickley Family 108
8. Handmade in a Factory: Mass Production in Grand Rapids 120
The Disappearing Artisan 122
Mission in the Midwest 122
Charles P. Limbert's European Influence 126
Joseph McHugh's Mission Furniture 131
Gallery: Factory Furniture 134
9. The Prairie School 142
Arts and Crafts in the Windy City 144
Louis Sullivan, Mentor to the Prairie School 144
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Organic Ideal 145
George Mann Niedecken, Interior Architect 149
Syncopated Ornament: George Washington Maher 150
Prairie Partners: Purcell and Elmslie 152
Gallery: Prairie Arts & Crafts 154
10. Utopian Communities: American Furniture and Social Reform 162
Byrdeliffe's Aristocratic Utopia 164
Elbert Hubbard and the Marketing of Utopia 167
Rose Valley's Suburban Gothic 172
Gallery: Utopian Furniture 178
11. American Innovators 186
Charles Rohlfs and the Decorated Plank 188
John Scott Bradstreet: Fine Furniture on the Frontier 191
Arts and Crafts Climax: The Interiors of Greene and Greene 194
Gallery: Innovators in the States 200
12. The Revival of Arts and Crafts Furniture 206
The Sudden Death of Arts and Crafts 208
The Aftermath in England 208
Danish Modern: Ruskin Revved Up 211
The Dean of American Designer-Makers 212
Gallery: Arts and Crafts Revival 216
Selected Bibliography 226
Resources 227
Credits 229
Index 231
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