L. & J.G. STICK­LEY Fayet­teville, N.Y. “A Liv­ing Room,” 1912

Arts and Crafts Homes - - FROM THE ARCHIVE - by Henry Collins Brown, a com­pi­la­tion of images supplied by lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers, this room was de­signed by the Works of L. & J.G. Stick­ley, Inc. —Bo Sul­li­van

Pre­pared for the Book of Home Build­ing and Dec­o­ra­tion DE­SIGN-HIS­TORY WRIT­ERS like to say that “peo­ple didn’t live in stylis­ti­cally pure in­te­ri­ors”—which is a state­ment of fact as well as tacit per­mis­sion for us to em­brace com­fort­ably eclec­tic, per­sonal rooms now. That never stopped vi­sion­ar­ies—and the man­u­fac­tur­ers who sup­ported them—from imag­in­ing com­pelling set­tings for a sal­able life­style. The Arts & Crafts move­ment was uniquely suited to a po­tent mar­riage of beauty and com­merce.

As imag­ined by the Works of L. & J.G. Stick­ley, Inc., this liv­ing room takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity in the ef­fort to sell the full im­pact of a holis­tic, in­te­grated Crafts­man aes­thetic. Ev­ery nook and cranny is pop­u­lated with “prod­uct.” Our gaze is drawn to easy sym­bols of homey warmth: books, teacups, comfy seat­ing, a crack­ling fire. Be­yond art­ful mar­ket­ing, the room con­veys a spirit.

De­spite (or ow­ing to?) the rather in­dis­tinct, painterly na­ture of the ren­der­ing, one au­then­tic qual­ity is re­mark­ably clear: tex­ture. With sen­sual green leather, gauzy rose-tinted cur­tains, matte blue-glazed tiles, and richly treated walls, along with hand-fin­ished wood, ham­mered cop­per, brass tacks, and wo­ven wool car­pet­ing, ev­ery treat­ment evokes and in­vites touch . . . the hand of the maker reach­ing out to the hand of the user, in the past and to­day. a

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