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Gustav Stickley
     

Gustav Stickley

by David Cathers
 

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Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) is one of the iconic and most influential figures of the American Arts & Crafts movement, a self-made man whose furniture company, Craftsman Workshops, and the seminal magazine he founded, The Craftsman, held wide-ranging influence over American interior design and decorative arts for decades. Though best known as a furniture designer,

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Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) is one of the iconic and most influential figures of the American Arts & Crafts movement, a self-made man whose furniture company, Craftsman Workshops, and the seminal magazine he founded, The Craftsman, held wide-ranging influence over American interior design and decorative arts for decades. Though best known as a furniture designer, Stickley was an entrepreneur and brilliant manager who assembled a talented team of collaborators to produce lamps, metalwork, textiles, plans for houses, and interiors. The Craftsman and the numerous furniture catalogues he published on a regular basis functioned as effective advertising, helping not only to establish the company's name but also to shape public opinion about the value of design. Born to German emigre parents, Stickley founded his company in upstate New York in 1898, at the age of 40. The company rapidly prospered and eventually became a national enterprise with retail stores in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Although influenced by the British Arts & Crafts movement and Continental Art Nouveau, Stickley advocated the creation of a distinctive American style that would integrate furnishings, architecture, handicrafts, and principles of harmonious living; he believed that well-designed furnishings could help "make life better and truer by its perfect simplicity." This book is the first comprehensive and authoritative account of Gustav Stickley's life and work, with extensive illustrations from private archives, libraries, universities, museums, and the Stickley firm itself. It includes newly commissioned color photographs of Stickley pieces, and a generous selection of images from The Craftsman magazine. The book includes a chronology of Stickley's life and career, a biographical appendix of Stickley's key collaborators, and a complete bibliography.

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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:
9780714861111
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
03/30/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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