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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

An outline of furniture-making in this country: showing the place of craftsman furniture in the evolution of an American style,   pp. 151-159


Page 155

       FURNITURE MAKING iN TIllS COUNTRY
contained some of the features of L¹Art
Nouveau and others that were borrowed
from the English Arts and Crafts and
also from ancient Egyptian forms of
art.   The  French  school has already
railed in the efforts to establish a per-
nanent style, and the    indications are ~
that the efforts of the German and Ats-
trian  Secessionists will prove equally
futile, because in both cases the work-
ers have merely attempted to (10 some<
thing different  to evolve a new thing
by combining the features of the old.
In other words, they began at the top
lnstea(l of beginning at the bottom an(l
allowing the style to develop   aturallv
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A TYPICAL (RAFTSMAN LOUNGING
ChAIR.
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from the sire foundation of real titilitv.  The leaders succeed<
ed in making things that, \vhatever their relative merits, were
a new (leparture   but this once made, it Stoo(l as a completed
achievement that might be imitated, hut could hardly he de-
veloped, as it lacked the beginnings of healthy growth.
  But during the same period in this country things were on a
different basis.   Out of the chaos of ideals and     standards
which had naturally resulted from the rapid growth of the
v oung nation, a vigorous and coherent national spirit was be-
ing (levelol)e(l, and amid the general turmoil and   restlessness
alten(lant upon swift progress and  expansion,    it became ap-
l)arent that we were evolving a type of people distinct from
A L.\iOE WEll INC DESK IDE THE LIBEXEy OR WORKROOM
A LARGE OAKEN SETTLE iPIIOLSTERLD WIT   CEAETSMAN   50EV LEAThER.  THE PILLOWS
ARE COVERED WITH    THE
STILL SOFTER AND MORE FLEXIBLE SHEEPSKIN.
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