McCann, Alfred W.
Why I am interested in The craftsman kitchen, pp. 530-533
WHY I AM INTERESTED IN THE C1 MAN KITCHEN: BY ALFRED W. McC Reprinted from The New York Globe, Jan. 16, 1915. USTAV STICKLEY is a reformer. All to diagnose the status of this man's posi regard to the social order must fail unless reformer is settled upon as the most descriptive term that can be applied to him Craftsman furniture and furnishings co permanent protest against veneer and shai Craftsman architecture constitutes a permanent prote the frothy incompatibles which for so long a time have me beauty of American homes. Craftsman landscaping and gardening constitute a r protest against the cheerless, friendless, soulless, meanin needless disorder with which too many American city and home surroundings are cursed. The Stickley protest is not offered destructively. He the Craftsman remedy. For years that remedy has been ( express itself in the form of unobtrusive suggestions and tl eloquence of beautiful things. Mere suggestion, however beautiful or spiritual, whil reach the heart of one who has acquired special preparedn reception, is not sufficiently aggressive to influence vast and no reform can be complete unless it influences all. fl the sheer necessity of some such instrument of educati( Craftsman Building gradually urged itself into the dreams o and thus became a reality. Throughout the Craftsman Building, on every floor, wall, quiet suggestion has been equipped with energy and I the work of reform is assuming the powers of a propagandý People are to be compelled to an appreciation of the C solution of grave problems, the very existence of which is, unsuspected by millions. Assembled under its roof are so many astonishing reve the progress which this belated renaissance has already m by sheer force of numbers, they swoop down like a battal the defenceless visitor and, catching him up in the fury movement, carry him on and on until, recovering from h ment, he finds himself not an unwilling captive but a soldi fighting line. Not until he is swept into this experience can he fully largeness, the vigor, the beauty and the necessity of the C ideal, but, having comprehended it at last, he finds in it surprises. 530
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