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Stickley Style: Arts and Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Tradition Hardcover – Oct 5 1999


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Oct. 5 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684856034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684856032
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Arts & Crafts movement first gained popularity in England in the late 1800s as people became distressed by spreading industrialization and factory goods produced inexpensively with flimsy construction and inferior wood. Seeing that the new system treated workers as machines, the movement sought to revive a craftsmanship of earlier times. In the United States, Gustav Stickley gathered together many of the movement's shared beliefs as he tried to, among other things, clear the clutter typically found in Victorian interiors and replace it with something simpler. The book begins tracing Stickley's life in 1876 when, at 18, he found his life's vocation while working in his uncle's furniture factory in Brandt, Pennsylvania. Through wonderful photos (many of them full-page) and careful wording, David Cathers and Alexander Vertikoff demonstrate a clear appreciation for Stickley's style--unvarnished wood, exposed joinery, strength, no-nonsense forms, and the beauty of integrity. Stickley, in short, devoted his life to celebrating and making visible the elements of construction. The work of others who helped to shape the Arts & Crafts movement--including architect Harvey Ellis, Charles and Henry Greene, Elbert Hubbard's Roycroft community, and Charles Rohlf--is also examined. Among the highlights of the book is Craftsman Farms, an artisan colony, model farm, and school Stickley built on 650 acres, described in its time as "a log cabin idealized." The book also examines Stickley's Colonial Revival House in Syracuse, New York, which he turned into the first Craftsman residential interior after a fire damaged the house on Christmas Eve, 1901. It was also to be the house where Stickley, widowed and nearly penniless, lived out most of his final years (he died in 1942) with his daughter and her five children. Many of the details about Stickley's personal life come from his grandchildren's memories. "He was," one grandchild has written, "almost an evangelist in bringing new thoughts and new appreciation of things artistic and new social thinking. That is something that doesn't go bankrupt and he, as an inspiring person, never did go bankrupt." --John Russell

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. & 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.

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"WE . . . DO NOT BELIEVE IN LARGE HOUSES WITH MANY ROOMS ELABORATELY DECORATED and furnished, for the reason that these seem so essentially an outcome of the artificial conditions that lay such harassing burdens upon modern life and form such a serious menace to our ethical standards . . . ," declared Stickley in 1909. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Tang on Oct. 17 2001
Format: Hardcover
woodworking projects. We moved in this Arts & Crafts house built in 1912 two years ago and started remodeling a bit by bit. Also my woodworking hobby has taken off along with the remodeling. The more we have done on the house, the more we like and the more we want to know about it. I have been in the stores looking at those expensive mission style furnitures and mimic the design on my own piece. I designed every piece I made for the house. Then at the point that we think we need to know more about the history of Arts & Crafts and bigger picture, we bought this book. It is surprisely good book that contains everything we were looking for. Gorgeous pictures, stunning furniture. When we were refinishing the master bedroom, we were looking at the book constantly for ideas and colors. Now the room is done, I am looking forward to making my next project - morris chair. Again, I already know what it will look like from this book. Well, this book is not only for people like me who needs reference but also very nice one for those Arts & Crafts enthusiasts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rathgrith on June 10 2004
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This book is full of lush photographs of Stickley homes. I bought it because it was well-designed, as well as informative. The photo references are impressive, and overall the book pays the same attention to detail that Stickley did. For example, I was impressed that beneath the dust jacket, the cover of the book itself was a beautiful print of a Ginko Flower textile. Almost every page has full color images, and at the back there are individual photo references for furniture, lighting, and decorative items, much like a catalog. The whole thing is indexed as well. Useful as a reference book for research, or an art book to just enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Stiel; (www.edaniel.com) on Dec 6 1999
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An excellent book for both the Stickley and Arts & Crafts Movement enthusiast. We recommend it.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
It becomes the reference book for our house and my ... Oct. 17 2001
By C. Tang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
woodworking projects. We moved in this Arts & Crafts house built in 1912 two years ago and started remodeling a bit by bit. Also my woodworking hobby has taken off along with the remodeling. The more we have done on the house, the more we like and the more we want to know about it. I have been in the stores looking at those expensive mission style furnitures and mimic the design on my own piece. I designed every piece I made for the house. Then at the point that we think we need to know more about the history of Arts & Crafts and bigger picture, we bought this book. It is surprisely good book that contains everything we were looking for. Gorgeous pictures, stunning furniture. When we were refinishing the master bedroom, we were looking at the book constantly for ideas and colors. Now the room is done, I am looking forward to making my next project - morris chair. Again, I already know what it will look like from this book. Well, this book is not only for people like me who needs reference but also very nice one for those Arts & Crafts enthusiasts.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Stunning! Jan. 16 2006
By Scott Pointon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Knowing what a nut I am for Stickley and all things relating to the Arts and Crafts movement, my wife bought me this book for Christmas. Believe me when I say that this book is not something you are likely to skim once or twice and then put away. I read the whole thing and found it to be an excellent resource for all who love Stickley's furniture and the Craftsman lifestyle. As a woodworker I can attest that there are loads of great photographs to inspire you to build reproductions of Stickley classics. As a DIY-er I appreciate the home improvement and color scheme ideas that I was able to gather in this book.

As a librarian I have already read and reviewed many books on this subject. I can honestly say that (to-date) this book covers the Arts and Crafts lifestyle as well as any other and is second to none when it comes to understanding the rise and fall of Stickley's style. Highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Lovely Book June 10 2004
By rathgrith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of lush photographs of Stickley homes. I bought it because it was well-designed, as well as informative. The photo references are impressive, and overall the book pays the same attention to detail that Stickley did. For example, I was impressed that beneath the dust jacket, the cover of the book itself was a beautiful print of a Ginko Flower textile. Almost every page has full color images, and at the back there are individual photo references for furniture, lighting, and decorative items, much like a catalog. The whole thing is indexed as well. Useful as a reference book for research, or an art book to just enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Pleasure Aug. 26 2010
By John C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a hobbyist furniture maker that loves the Arts & Crafts style, I bought this book mostly for the pictures. Few books exist for people like me that will get down to the joints and construction of these classic pieces, so you content yourself to drool over the pictures and imagine making some of these yourself.

The book was a good read. I read every page and enjoyed each one. The pictures were top notch. I have several on Arts & Crafts and the only one that I have enjoyed as much or maybe more, is In the Arts and Crafts Style by Mayer.

I recommend the book for a wealth of information about Stickley and his brothers, and sensational pictures.
A Must For Stickley Collectors July 19 2013
By David Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A very beautiful coffee table book for anyone owning Stickley furniture. We have several pieces in our home and proudly display this book. Highly recommend it if you are serious about your Stickley furniture or aspire to learn more about it.


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