Fur­ni­ture & Ob­jects of Art


Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - —Pa­tri­cia Poore

To­day’s fur­nish­ings in­ter­pre­ta­tions are the heart of the on­go­ing re­vival, with in­flu­ences from Na­tive Amer­i­can to Ju­gend­stil.

m ANY PEO­PLE AREun­com­fort­able buy­ing fur­ni­ture—and not only be­cause of the cost. Here is some ba­sic ad­vice: (1) Embrace what you love and can live with long-term. (2) Buy good fur­ni­ture, even if it means liv­ing with fold­ing chairs and pa­tio wicker while you save to buy one high-qual­ity piece a year. Later on, you can move the wicker from the liv­ing room to the porch. (3) Take cues from the age and style of the house.

You may not want to live in a mu­seum, but fur­nish­ing in sync with the date and de­sign vo­cab­u­lary of the house is a short­cut to non-fad­dish rooms that “look right.” Your house is giv­ing you clues, so you might as well start there.

A pe­riod clas­sic—a Mor­ris chair, a spin­dle daybed— can an­chor a room. Do mix in an­tiques to avoid the bor­ing, matched-set look of some con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors. An­tiques add his­tory and per­son­al­ity to a room, but many times they are not prac­ti­cal—as with chairs that are used ev­ery day, for ex­am­ple. “The majority of col­lec­tors we know

are happy buy­ing new ob­jects to put along­side their an­tiques,” says Aminy Audi, pres­i­dent and owner of Stick­ley, a company of the orig­i­nal Craftsman pe­riod, which the Audis re­vived. Re­pro­duc­tions are great for hard­work­ing rooms and when you need a full set. Seek out spe­cialty sup­pli­ers and ar­ti­sans who do re­pro­duc­tion or adapted styles.

Arts & Crafts-pe­riod homes are for­giv­ing of an eclec­tic ap­proach. Right from the be­gin­ning, the house prob­a­bly mixed Craftsman and Colo­nial Re­vival mo­tifs in wood­work, and cer­tainly in the fur­ni­ture. Sturdy colo­nial-era clas­sics (like benches and Wind­sor chairs), rus­tic fur­nish­ings, wicker, iron, and more typ­i­cal Arts & Crafts styles work to­gether. Rec­ti­lin­ear Stick­ley-type fur­ni­ture also mar­ries well with Mod­ern fur­ni­ture.

To get an in­te­grated, us­able room at rea­son­able cost, many peo­ple mix good-enough pieces with reis­sues of clas­sic de­signs, fu­ture heir­looms, and an­tiques.

The oak side­board re­pro­duces a Gus­tav Stick­ley de­sign of 1902; from to­day’s Stick­ley. be­low

An orig­i­nal Gus­tav Stick­ley Mor­ris chair in fumed oak at Craftsman Farms, Stick­ley’s home in New Jersey. A Rohlf­sin­spired tabouret holds a jar­dinière with a lily-of-the-val­ley mo­tif; both rep­re­sent new work avail­able at Nest & Co. right top


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