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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

After the architect, furniture and fittings: number three,   pp. 547-557 PDF (3.6 MB)


Page 547


r AFTER THE ARCHITECT, FURNITURE AND
     FITTINGS: NUMBER THREE
     The illustrations in the text are reproduced by permission of the Century
Furniture Co.
FTER   the architect-what? When the house of
dreams stands, a piquant reality, calling to the
owners to experience its joys, what comes impera-
tively next? The very thing that has been put off
as long as possible, the fittings and furnishings. And
the cause of the postponement is fear, fear of buying
furnishings which would be regretted later. The
life-blood of fear is ignorance. We fear to buy furniture because we
know too little about it. Let us quickly to work then, and with many
a good book and many an excursion into homes and museums feed
the eye with example after example
of furniture in good styles, that the
underlying principles of construction
and outline may become ours.
   This is not with the idea of fur-
nishing the house with the boasted
museum piece of each dealer in an-
tiques. Far from it, for antiques are
both frail and expensive, and are main-
ly for those
w h o d o n 0 t DROP-LEAF TABLE OF MODIFIED JACOBEAN
m in d hearing DESIGN.
chairs crack under the visit of a fat friend;
or of losing ormolu mounts and Boulle inlay
under the duster of the arduous maidservant.
But what ,is gained by knowledge is the ability
to select such modern furniture as is built
MIRROR WITH        ull L      iriI 111-10 M
AMERICAN-COLONIAL- ture that has the proper silhouette as it is
JACOBEAN MOTIF,    shown against light walls and carpets.
   If the purse and the inclination permit
of filling the house with antiques, turn the
pages of this magazine to some other article,
for this treats of another sort of furnishing.
We are looking to give the new house at once
the appearance of home. One way to arrive
at that is to avoid high novelties of the mo-
ment in furniture, except it be those which
are founded on the lines of the antique. In
TABLE WITH  AMERICAN-COLONIAL- 'U ri So l est  be  s i  i  w fo d n
JACOBEAN MOTIF.       Spring would not. be spring if we found not
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