The arts and crafts movement began in England in the 1860's. William Morris is generally credited with it's founding. It started in response to the gaudy excesses of the late Victorian Period, as people longed for a simpler life. A life which focused on the quality of ones existence and not on it's quantity. This arts and rafts movement gave birth to a style and way of life which has endured and strengthen as time has marched on.
The trend quickly spread to America where affluent Americans demanded English arts and Crafts decors for their country villas, townhouses and lakeside cottages. Craftsmen like Gustav Stickley opened work shops to help supply this ever growing need. He refined the style to a less gothic look with cleaner lines, to better appeal to his American customers
Today, Stickley is synonymous with Arts and Crafts.
The movement has found new life in our modern society as people react to an overload of technological advances. One finds that being surrounded by furnishings such as these can off set the constant bombardment of plastic, rubber and chrome on the senses.
True to it's original tenets, Old World's Arts and Crafts lines do not overpower a room but rather work in harmony with the whole interior environment.
A good book, cup-of-Joe, fire in the fire place...
Life is good.