Arts and crafts details
Most of my work is influenced by the look and feel of Arts and Crafts
furniture. In this bedside table, I’ve added details created almost one
hundred years ago by Charles and Henry Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright,
Gustav Stickley and L. & J. G. Stickley. Arts and Crafts designers borrowed
ideas from many sources, and I have, too. I’ve used the following
elements to create my own signature style:
A. Quartersawn oak was widely used by many Arts and Crafts designers.
B. Breadboard ends, slightly raised above the main top, are common on
furniture by Greene and Greene.
C. Ebony spline often bridged joints in Greene and Greene pieces.
D. Four-sided quartersawn legs show oak’s ray fleck figure all the way
around. They were a trademark of L. & J. G. Stickley’s Mission furniture.
E. Ebony plugs were a distinctive touch of Greene and Greene furniture.
Some plugs covered screws, some covered pins that go through
mortise and tenon joints, and others didn’t cover anything–they were
placed to please the eye.
F. Square spindles are reminiscent of several Frank Lloyd Wright designs.
G. Leg indents and cloud lift profiles, inspired by Chinese furniture,
were adopted by the Greenes.