We had a discussion in the comments over the weekend about Stickley Furniture, and not everyone was sure what it was that we were talking about, so I decided to do a post about it. It’s one of those things that you probably recognize now that you see it (in the photos above), but just didn’t know what it was called, right?
Gustav Stickley (1858–1942) was a furniture maker and architect who became the leading spokesperson for the American Craftsman movement. In 1901 he founded The Craftsman magazine, which argued that homes should be designed more “organically.” His philosophies influenced Frank Lloyd Wright, which is why you can imagine the furniture shown here belonging in one of Wright’s homes.
Stickley believed that:
- A house ought to be constructed in harmony with its landscape.
- Architects should use local materials whenever possible.
- Homes should have open floor plans to facilitate family interaction.
- Furniture should be built into a home.
- Lots of big windows (and natural light) were important in a home.
Stickley’s furniture was all handmade and crafted to be simple and useful. He primarily used native American oak and natural upholstery materials (canvas and leather). The wood was stained, never painted.
For more information:
- Watch a video about Stickley furniture.
- Go to the official Stickley website
- Read how to determine the value of antique Stickley
- Take a tour of a home Frank Lloyd Wright designed
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