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Furniture & Art Objects: Antiques and Revivals

by Arts and Crafts Editor on January 7, 2016

in Furniture & Interior Style,Interiors

The lamp table is circa 1910; new frame by Holton Studio. Photo: Josh Beeman

The lamp table is circa 1910; new frame by Holton Studio. Photo: Josh Beeman

Furniture that we might call “Arts & Crafts” is harder to identify than, say, Chippendale or Victorian Gothic. So many designers in so many places embraced Arts & Crafts philosophy: in London, New York, Glasgow, Chicago, Pasadena. The furniture produced was diverse, even if its origin and age are identifiable.

A new chair by Hamilton Cabinets. Photo: Douglas Keister

A new chair by Hamilton Cabinets. Photo: Douglas Keister

“Taken as a whole, this furniture is even contradictory,” says contemporary furniture maker and author Kevin Rodel. “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.”

Hand-thrown vases by Door Pottery.

Hand-thrown vases by Door Pottery.

You’ll find even more diversity 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.

Antique English library chair, circa 1900. Photo: Ed Addeo

Antique English library chair, circa 1900. Photo: Ed Addeo

“For those new to the subject, Stickley’s reductionist furniture stands for the whole, broad movement,” Rodel explains. He says that 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.

An Art Nouveau serving table from Cold River Furniture.

An Art Nouveau serving table from Cold River Furniture.

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