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Charles and Henry Greene

Serving Table (left) and Dining Table, /929

Well known as architects, the Greene brothers designed Arts and Crafts furniture recogni/cd for uniquely distinctive details such as the ctoud lift lines seen on various members of their tables and plugged mortises on breadboard ed tabletops. Their work represents some of the highest expressions of the American Arts and Crafts movomont.

thoughtfully arranged for a pleasing visual pattern and the most efficient use.

4. Design paradigms In American Arts and Crafts pieces, whether of the mass-produced variety typified by Custav Stick-ley's Craftsman furniture or the higher-end custom designs of the Greene brothers, there is an immediate impression of squareness.This is most evident in the profiles of tops, edges, and other flat surfaces, such as broad c hair arms. Molding is almost completely absent, sharp edges are gently relieved but not rounded, and overhangs are kept to a minimum.

Although many details are, in fact, square—suc h as in paneled framing, where a bottom rail wider than other frame members is nire (see the drawing on the facing page), and in the design of glazed doors, where all panes are equally square— absolute squareness is largely illusory, and slopes and curves are common. It is not that the style is inelegant—many pieces can be found based on elegant design paradigms such as the golden rectangle (see die drawing on p. 18)—but the strength and utility of a piece always dominate.

Both gently and boldly formed curves are common in skirts, chair rails, and the lower edges of cabinet sides, bill they are invariably simple and rarely compound, except for oc c asional tight cutouts on stool bases. Such shapes, including ogees and intersecting arcs, are nods to die influence of medieval Gothic oak furniture, much valued by leaders of the Arts and Crafts style

Roycroft Community

Magazine Rack, 1910

In contrast to the previous onc-of-a kind pieces by Charles Voysoy, the Roycroftors, founded by Elbert Hubbard-an ardent believer in many aspects of the Arts and Crafts movement not limited to furniture alone-produced extremely simple and unsophisticated "factory-made" pieces in white oak.

Sidney Barnsley

Cahinei-on-Stand, 1914

This walnut cabinet-on stand (with holly and ebony stringing) is in many ways far removed from the output of the Roycroftors and the Stickley shops but owes its essential design to the same principles of honesty of purpose and design shorn of superfluous decoration. Barnsley, his son, Edward, and Ernest Gimson constitute the 'grand old men" of the Arts and Crafts movement and wore the leading influences.

Designing' Using the Golden Rectangle

H = B( 1.618 y = x ( 1.618

The perfcct squareness of the upper glazing and the genera) rectilineanty of this cabinet are based on a sophisticated design paradigm in which the height (H) equals the base (B) multiplied by 1 618, a proportion called tho golden rectangle. The upper portion of the cabinet also is a golden rectangle.

for its craftsmanship and honesty. Curved yet square-edged brackets are another common feature of many pieces.

One other detail that would seem to belie an apparent squareness and angularity is the frequent use of tapered legs. The ta pers, however, are usually limited to a short section near the base.Tapering legs like this prevents the piece from appearing too heavy, but because the tapers are equally formed on all four sides of the leg, a general feeling of squareness persists.

5. Decoration Despite a superficial plainness characterized by square edges, the lack of molding, the use of a relatively homogenous material, and the flatness of panels, Arts and Crafts furniture often is decorated with a variety of techniques ranging from simple curved cutouts to delicate floral inlays (see the sidebar on the facing page). Reflecting a continuing sensitivity to other styles and fashions oil the part of designers such as Harvey F.Uis or Charles Rennie Macintosh, who are perhaps better known for their Art

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