Stickley Arts and Crafts Furniture had a simple beginning but with great results for anyone who enjoys simple but tasteful furnishings. The Stickley Brothers Company was the original business started by the group of brothers in 1884, after seven years of making furniture at their uncle’s factory. They focused on handcrafted pieces of furniture created from hardwoods. It was simple furniture but each piece was made to last.
When one of the brothers, Gustav Stickley, created his own design company known as Craftsman Workshops in 1898, he didn’t realize how sought after the Stickley Arts and Crafts Furniture would become. This was the second of two businesses that he would be involved with. This design company was so successful in its early days that it opened up retail outlets in various cities across the United States including Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
The original antiques are some of the most sought after pieces of furniture today. However, there are pieces of furniture that have been created in the original form combined with the modern day fashionable trends. They have very similar styles and are also made using the same type of high quality materials, following in the footsteps of the Stickley Brothers.
The Stickley Arts and Crafts Furniture pieces are primarily made with oak and other hardwoods such as chestnut, mahogany, and maple. Because of the trees that are used, the furniture is considered to be eco-friendly as hardwoods grow faster than they are harvested. Also, because hardwoods have such strength and durability, they last much longer therefore reducing the level of furniture being disposed of. In terms of economics, since these pieces last so long, the items are considered to be great investments.
There are various types of Stickley Arts and Crafts Furniture on the market. There are chairs, foot stools, sofas, bookcases, wardrobes, tables and chair sets, library tables, rocking chairs, and magazine stands, among other things. They are all made from solid hardwood although the items such as the chairs and sofas have simple cushions to enhance the comfort. Some pieces are covered with soft fabrics except for the legs but are structured in the Stickley way.
The Stickley Arts and Crafts Furniture pieces are often in a square or rectangular shape. Many pieces are almost completely symmetrical with ninety degree angles on each corner. The backings of chairs that are not covered with a cushion and the arms of the chairs often have a vertical rung-like pattern in them. There are pieces that aren’t so obviously square as they have been given more curves in their design but still include strong characteristics of the Stickley features.
Gustav Stickley was really onto something when he said that simple but tasteful furniture offers a room a certain harmony. These pieces from the Stickley Arts and Crafts Furniture collection can do just that for every home. Anyone who is interested in finding some of the best pieces of furniture is invited to visit the gallery to see all of these beautifully handcrafted items.