Arts and Crafts Homes - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

are many lan­guages of Arts & Crafts. Bri­tish work (by God­win, Voy­sey, and Mack­in­tosh) is of­ten more del­i­cate, and later work leans to­ward Art Nou­veau. Amer­i­can Craftsman pieces by Stick­ley and the Roy­crofters are sturdy and rec­ti­lin­ear; Wright’s Prairie School de­signs are proto-Mod­ern, like the re­pro­duc­tion Bar­rel chair be­low; Greene and Greene’s are strongly Ja­panesque. Ger­man, Aus­trian, Rus­sian, and Swedish in­flu­ence may be present. This di­ver­sity con­tin­ues. For years, a grow­ing num­ber of ar­ti­sans and man­u­fac­tur­ers has been of­fer­ing pe­riod-in­spired fur­ni­ture, as well as such dec­o­ra­tive pieces as pot­tery and art prints. The work in­cludes doc­u­men­tary re­pro­duc­tions (near copies of orig­i­nal pieces). Many more ar­ti­sans cre­ate in­ter­pre­tive new de­signs, with al­lu­sions to pre­vi­ous Arts & Crafts styles and also such ear­lier Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture as that pro­duced by the Shak­ers.

As was true 100 years ago, there

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