Fur­ni­ture & Art

An­tiques and re­vivals: here is new work in fur­ni­ture, pot­tery, prints, and art fram­ing, table­top, etc.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - a —the edi­tors

fUR­NI­TURE in the Arts & Crafts man­ner is not to be clas­si­fied the way clas­si­cal and Mod­ern pieces can be. Designers al­lied with the move­ment—whether they worked in London or Vi­enna, Glas­gow or Syra­cuse, Chicago or Pasadena—shared design prin­ci­ples and a philo­soph­i­cal ap­proach. But they cre­ated fur­ni­ture that was ex­tremely di­verse. Best known for pieces that em­pha­size sim­plic­ity, so­lid­ity, and straight lines (e.g., Stick­ley’s oak fur­ni­ture), the Arts & Crafts move­ment also pro­duced works of re­fined pro­por­tions, sin­u­ous lines, and com­plex or­na­men­ta­tion. Wil­liam Mor­ris ad­vised that ev­ery­day fur­ni­ture be of the sim­plest pos­si­ble de­tail­ing, while what he called “state fur­ni­ture” might be em­bel­lished. Lin­ear mo­tifs and flat planes dom­i­nated the vo­cab­u­lary of many designers right from the be­gin­ning. Yet other designers looked to Gothic carv­ing. Even more di­ver­sity is ap­par­ent to­day. Not only are var­i­ous orig­i­nal de­signs be­ing re­pro­duced or closely in­ter­preted, but also fur­ni­ture mak­ers are cre­at­ing their own de­signs and fu­sions. As was true a hun­dred years ago, Arts & Crafts fur­ni­ture may be hand­made one piece at a time, or pro­duced in a fac­tory. To­day’s ar­ti­sans and man­u­fac­tur­ers are cre­at­ing work with in­flu­ences rang­ing from Euro­pean and Asian design to that of the 20th-century stu­dio fur­ni­ture move­ment.

OP­PO­SITE ptick­ley ’rigi‘als grace the di‘i‘g r’’m i‘ a N9N5 Prairie-in­flu­enced Foursquare in Pitts­burgh. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Na­ture-in­spired vases fr’m a’’r P’ttery; Brian Brace’s ‘Ar­bor’ re­cliner in cherry; pe­riod re­pro­duc­tion flat­ware; a Stick­ley...

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