Stickley Oak Mission furniture are skilfully handcrafted heirloom pieces, fashioned to be purposeful, enduring and exquisitely beautiful. Each item is a work of fine quality, characterized by quarter-sawn white oak wood and a hand-rubbed finish. Designed to last for several lifetimes, these are family treasures that can be cherished even by the succeeding generations.
As a tribute to bygone eras, Manderley Manor showcases a collection of Oak Mission furniture for today’s modern homes. Unlike showpieces intended simply for display, these are created to be functional – they are meant to be appreciated, used and enjoyed by the whole family.
A Brief History
Oak Mission furniture originated in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. It emerged as one of the first true styles of American furniture in the Industrial Age, primarily due to the brothers Gustav and Leopold Stickley. Their Oak Mission furnishings soon became world-renowned as high-quality artisan pieces that embodied both simplicity and elegance – a fresh deviation from intricately adorned items that were once popular. The style was favored by those who preferred tasteful, functional craftsmanship over garish, overwhelming decoration. Oak Mission furniture has since then been remarked for its sleek but sturdy construction, as well for bringing out the inherent beauty of the materials. Quarter-sawn oak is crafted into pieces with stunning artistry, applying meticulously balanced proportions and a hand-rubbed finish.
The Stickleys held to the old Dutch artisan’s adage, “Als Ik Kan,” or “As Best as I can”. The phrase was coined by the Flemish artist Jan Van Eyck, and was later considered the motto of the Arts and Crafts Movement because of the Stickleys. In their earlier years, each of their Oak Mission furniture was marked with this slogan – a guarantee that all Stick1ey Oak Mission furniture was made with skill, hard work and integrity.
Oak Mission Furniture Today
Oak Mission furnishings are made for every room of the modern home, even for stylish offices. Below are two exceptional examples of Oak Mission pieces in Manderley Manor, Toronto:
1. The Spindle Morris Chair with loose cushion
The Spindle Morris Chair belongs to the Oak Mission “Classics Collection”. This predecessor to the modern recliner was designed by Gustav Stickley in 1912; this piece that is available today is essentially identical to the original. It features wide canted arms to provide maximum comfort, an adjustable back with curved horizontal slats, narrow spindles, as well as corbel and through tenons. It is also constructed with quadralinear posts, which are not just for show like those seen in the cheaper, less sturdy furniture of today.
Chair: H 39; W 28 ½; D 37 ½
Footstool: H 5; W 12 ½; D 12 ½
Available in your preferred fabric and colors.
2. The Spindle Settee, Love Seat and Cube Chair
Originally designed by Gustav Stickley between the years 1905 and 1907, this set is a brilliant hybrid of the Arts and Crafts legacy and international styles. Each piece has a stunning, sophisticated flair that can perfectly compliment any interior.
Spindle Love Seat: H 29; W 59; D 32 (with loose cushions or without)
Spindle Settle: H 29; W 76; D 32 (with loose cushions or without)
Spindle Cube Chair: H 29; W 26 ½; D 29 (with loose cushions or without)
Each chair in Stickley’s Oak Mission furniture collection is crafted from solid oak pieces with a small core, perfectly joined together to form a seamless, indestructible whole. The natural beauty of the quarter-sawn oak is noticeable in the fine ray flake, visible from all sides.
Both these selections of Oak Mission furniture are samples of impeccable craftsmanship, quality and exquisite taste, and are built to last for generations. These timeless classics are essential pieces, suited for every home or office. We would like invite you to view our collection of Oak Mission furniture, including living room sets and bedroom furnishings – there are many beautifully handcrafted pieces you simply must see.