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Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Furniture and Hardware

Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Furniture and Hardware Characterized by a generous handmade feel, the Arts and Crafts Movement influenced art, architecture and design from around 1860 to as late as 1930. The Victorian period, with its new cultural markers of factories and slums, suffered from what some felt were the evils of urbanization and mechanization. Initiated by progressive thinkers in England, the movement sought to replace what they perceived as the shoddy productions of the factory with vigorous and meaningful aesthetic objects.

Solid Brass Round Knob (Polished Brass)
Solid Brass Round Knob (Antique Brass)
Solid Brass Round Knob (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Solid Brass Round Knob (Polished Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Solid Brass Round Knob (Antique Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Solid Brass Round Knob (Oil Rubbed Bronze)


Early Leaders and Characteristics

Philip Morris and his associates looked to the medieval past, before the era of mass-production, for inspiration. A rejection of the pallid industrialization of modern life drove the Arts and Crafts movement forward. Qualities the artists valued were an appearance of handcraft, a sense of the organic and the use of naturally-occurring materials.

Mission Pull (Polished Brass)
Mission Pull (Antique Brass)
Mission Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Mission Pull (Polished Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Mission Pull (Antique Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Mission Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)


Characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement is a look of stylized natural forms. These bold patterns of leaves, flowers and animal shapes derive equally from the countryside as from the man-made works of the distant past. Indeed, the leaders of the movement, including Morris as well as the writer and artist John Ruskin and the architect Augustus Pugin, took more from medieval buildings and books than from the natural world. Visible traces of the worker's handiwork, the process of production, is a hallmark of Arts and Crafts style.

Flower Ring Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Flower Ring Pull (Polished Chrome)
Flower Ring Pull (Brushed Nickel)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Flower Ring Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Flower Ring Pull (Polished Chrome)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Flower Ring Pull (Brushed Nickel)


The Worldwide Phenomenon

The Arts and Crafts movement struck a chord worldwide. In the United States, the art and furniture created after the Arts and Crafts model was called Craftsman style. The focus of the Craftsman designers and artists became domestic life, and how to reconcile humanity with modernity. They believed that things of beauty, well-made, could better people's lives. The great value placed today on Craftsman furniture and houses, beautiful and livable, attests to their success.

Brass Drop Pull (Antique Brass)
Brass Drop Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Brass Drop Pull (Polished Chrome)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Brass Drop Pull (Antique Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Brass Drop Pull (Oil Rubbed bronze)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Brass Drop Pull (Polished Chrome)


Gustav Stickley was one of the movement's most influential voices. Born the son of a Midwestern stonemason, he established a furniture-makers guild after the medieval model. With his workers, he endeavored to create furniture of good materials with clean, simple design. Emphasizing inherent qualities of the wood itself, such as color and grain, his work included both hand-built and machined components. Stately, plain and massive, Stickley's furniture calls to mind the wood products of the country's rapidly disappearing rural past.

Traditional Pull (Polished Brass)
Traditional Pull (Antique Brass)
Traditional Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Traditional Pull (Polished Brass)
Traditional Pull (Antique Brass)
Traditional Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)


A Major Force in the United States

Throughout the United States, architects built houses in Craftsman style and designers filled these houses with simply-designed, well-made furnishings. A development of the Arts and Crafts and Craftsman movement called Prairie School combined medieval elements with modern. As practiced by Frank Lloyd Wright and his peers, Prairie Style resulted in houses with strong verticals and deep horizontal overhangs. The surface articulation of multiple small spaces and the satisfying combinations of natural color recalled both Tudor houses and contemporary urban buildings.

Octagon Knob (Polished Nickel)
Octagon Knob (Antique Copper)
Octagon Knob (Weathered Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Octagon Knob (Polished Nickel)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Octagon Knob (Antique Copper)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Octagon Knob (Weathered Brass)


Details and hardware evocative of natural forms are central to Arts and Crafts and Craftsman works. Organic materials, wood, glass and metal, give shape to motifs and colors inspired by nature and works of the medieval world. The hammered brass of a switch plate, for example, makes use of an ancient material for a current need. The texture suggest the presence of the maker, and the surface, too, with its pleasing patina of age, recalls an older time.

Solid Brass Pull (Polished Brass)
Solid Brass Pull (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
Solid Brass Pull (Brushed Nickel)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Solid Brass Pull (Polished Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Solid Brass Pull (Antique Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Solid Brass Pull (Brushed Nickel)


A porch sconce with a milk glass shade in the form of a gently turned flame combines beauty with function. Milk glass both brightens and filters the light. The simple, angular grace of the sconce itself, like an arm holding forward a lantern, complements the flowing lines of the shade.

Egg Cabinet Knob (Weathered Brass)
Egg Cabinet Knob (Antique Copper)
Egg Cabinet Knob (Hammered Antique Nickel)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Egg Cabinet Knob (Weathered Brass)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Egg Cabinet Knob (Antique Copper)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Egg Cabinet Knob (Hammered Antique Nickel)


That these pieces of hardware are themselves beautiful and complementary of the elements around them is typical of the Arts and Crafts and Craftsman movements, with their emphasis on an organic whole.

Rustic Iron Drawer Pull (Matte Black Finish)
Iron Stacked Ring Knob (Matte Black Finish)
Iron Round Button Knob (Matte Black Finish)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Rustic Iron Drawer Pull (Matte Black Finish)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Iron Stacked Ring Knob (Matte Black)
Arts and Crafts and Craftsman Style Hardware - Iron Round Button Knob (Matte Black)




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