Join Sean Adams for an in-depth discussion in this video Gustav Stickley and American Arts and Crafts, part of Foundations of Graphic Design History: The Arts and Crafts Movement.
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- William Morris died in 1896, and this signaled…the beginning of the end of the movement in England.…In the United States, however,…the movement was growing in influence.…In 1897, the first exhibition of…arts and crafts work was held in Boston.…The founding of Gustav Stickley and Company…in Syracuse, New York soon followed this.…While furniture designers in England created…remarkable items, Gustav Stickley became the predominant…player in the design of arts and crafts furniture.…Stickley was a firm believer in Morris' ideals,…but he favored a simpler and more geometric approach,…and understood the need for affordable…furniture for a middle-class consumer.…
This required using factory methods to produce…basic components, and using fine craftsmen…to finish and assemble the furniture.…This created sturdy and well-made furniture that was sold…in large quantities, and still survives.…Stickley founded the magazine The Craftsman in 1901.…He used The Craftsman to promote his furniture and ideals.…The Craftsman published examples of the true furniture,…
Sean reviews the factors leading to the rise of Arts and Crafts, and the designers and companies who led the charge, including William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Since Arts and Crafts spanned more than print, Sean reviews its impact on architecture, textile and furniture design, ceramics and glasswork, and bookmaking. He also explains what led to the decline of the Arts and Crafts movement , and how its influence on contemporary design lives on.