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Stickley Style: Arts and Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Tradition

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Beginning in the very first year of the twentieth century, Gustav Stickley made furniture that is prized almost a hundred years later for its honesty, simplicity, and usefulness. As a designer and manufacturer who emphasized careful workmanship, respect for natural materials, and simple lines, Stickley had a profound impact on the look of American homes. Today, Arts and Crafts design — synonymous with Stickley to many people — has become an American passion.

Elegantly designed and lushly photographed, Stickley Style is the first major publication to explore in full photographic color the central role Stickley played in the development of Arts and Crafts design. Author David Cathers invites us into the world of this influential furniture maker and provides us with an insider's tour of some of the country's most important Stickley collections and interiors. Here, imbued with pure and simple lines, are the comfortable Morris chairs, the upright settles, the solid oak chests, the hammered metalwork, and the delicate textiles that have come to epitomize Stickley's style.

But Stickley was more than a furniture maker — he was a one-man phenomenon: book and magazine publisher, proponent of a simple and natural lifestyle, and de facto leader of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. Calling the composite of his ideas and activities "the craftsmanship of life," he used the word Craftsman to refer to his houses, his furniture, and his magazine.

Stickley Style captures the excitement and revolutionary zeal of these ideas and this era, a time when Victorian fussiness was being abandoned in the search for a modern way to live. The book opens with a vivid description of the Craftsman idea and describes Stickley's vision of ways to make a house conducive to a life of beauty and contentment. Cathers then goes on to show us the collections in a series of stunning Arts and Crafts homes, including Stickley's own family home in New Jersey. Finally, for those who want to furnish their own homes with appropriate reproductions, an extensive catalogue presents everything from Stickley tables and sideboards to tall case clocks and metal door latches. Throughout, specially commissioned photographs by Alexander Vertikoff show the overall harmony that will make the Stickley style as much a favorite for the new century as it was for the last.


The first in-depth, authoritative work on Gustav Stickley, the famed furniture designer and architect whose name is synonymous with the Arts and Crafts aesthetic in America. 260 photos, 250 in color.


Includes bibliographic references ( p. 220-221) and index.

About the Author

David Cathers is a writer and frequent lecturer on the Arts and Crafts movement. He is also a trustee of Craftsman Farms. Stickley's log home in New Jersey, which is now a National Historic Landmark Cathers is the author of Furniture of the American Arts and Grafts Movement, the first in-depth study of the Furniture made by Gustav Stickley, L. and J. G. Stickley, and the Roycrofters. His Genius in the Shadows, a study of Harvey Ellis, traces the work of the architect who designed some of Stickley's most important Furniture. A former advertising executive, Cathers lives with his wife in Westchester County, New York, in a farmhouse furnished with classic Stickley pieces.

Table of Contents



Gustav Stickley and the Craftsmanship of Life


Outside — Home Making

"That Plainness Which Is Beauty"

The Craftsman house

"Under Fragrant Bowers"

Porches, pergolas, and terraces

"That Green Eden"

The Craftsman garden

Inside — Craftsman Ideals

"Comfort and Beauty"

Living rooms

"Centers of Hospitality and Good Cheer"

Dining rooms and kitchens

"Complete and Satisfying"

Walls and floors

"Simple, Strong, Comfortable"

Craftsman furniture

"According to Principle"

Metalwork and lamps

"Homespun Harmony"

Fabrics, rugs, and needlework


Stickley Pure and Simple

The House of Mr. Stickley

At Gustav Stickley's home in Syracuse, New York, a fire ignites the Craftsman idea

Stickley's Rustic Vision

Stickley builds the ultimate log cabin at Craftsman Farms in New Jersey

Family Matters

In Massachusetts, a great-granddaughter safeguards Stickley heirlooms

From the Pages of The Craftsman

A Craftsman house constructed from a Stickley plan enlivens a New York City suburb

How to Build a Bungalow

Ninety years later, a Harvey Ellis bungalow design is finally realized near Chicago

Kindred Spirits

Furniture by the brothers L. and J. G. Stickley fills a house outside Boston

Stickley by Serendipity

A Craftsman bedroom in northern California spurs a love of Stickley

A Good Eye for Stickley

Craftsman oak, metalwork, and lighting settle into a stone house near Mew York City

Hooked on Arts and Crafts

An Arts and Crafts guru disseminates the Stickley gospel Stickley and Then Some

The First Collector

Robert Judson Clark of California relaunches the Arts and Crafts movement

An Unlikely Setting for Stickley

Stickley treasures complement the author's 1797 farmhouse in suburban Mew York

Comrades in Spirit, Rivals in Style

A master craftsman's own upstate New York home preserves the spirit of Elbert Hubbard's Roycroft

In the Land of "Free-Hand Architecture"

A classic California bungalow showcases the state's exceptional Arts and Crafts achievements

Craftsmen of a Different Stripe

Indian blankets and photographs document a lost way of life

One True Passion

Two halves of a rare Stickley sideboard are reunited by determined collectors in suburban New Jersey

Meeting of the Minds

Then and now, a Greene and Greene landmark in Pasadena makes a perfect fit with Stickley

A Generous Welcome for Stickley

Craftsman ideas find a surprising home tn a Texas Victorian

A Harmony of Opposites

Light and heavy, plain and fancy mix as Stickley might have liked

The Wright Kind of House

Spindled splendors by Stickley mirror Frank Lloyd Wright's own principles

Transatlantic Bungalow

A California bungalow pays homage to the international roots of Arts and Crafts





Sources and Further Reading


Product Details

Vertikoff, Alexander
Vertikoff, Alexander
Cathers, David M.
Cathers, David
Simon & Schuster
New York :
Interior Design
History, modern
Interior decoration
Architecture, domestic
Arts and crafts movement
Arts and crafts movement -- United States.
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Buildings - Residential
Architecture, Domestic -- United States.
Stickley, Gustav
Crafts-Furniture Making
Publication Date:
October 1999
Grade Level:
11 x 9 in 51.135 oz

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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Architects
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco
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Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » Furniture
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Furniture » Making
Home and Garden » Interior Design » Bungalows
Home and Garden » Interior Design » US Regional

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