University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Page View

The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

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


Page 548


        FURNISHINGS FOR THE MODERN HO-
the same flowers in it each year; houses are scarcely hoa
not contain the time-tested outlines of furniture that has
through centuries.
   It may be that a little old furniture has been got b3
or foul, and this strikes a clean, true note, like a tuni
as the pitch for the entire room. The plan is excellent
    Deep in the heart of the house-owner lies the pic
evening lamp and the easy-chair, which is the symbol of t
of the house, its living room. We have finished with
room in these days. Those who have space enough in t
neglect a part of it include one, that real friends may av
ordinarily it is replaced by the living room or library or
encouragement of brotherly love.
    How shall it be furnished? First and always it shall
cushioned sofa and at least two chairs that look like its of
what style shall these be? In the simplest and most
as well as the strongest. Mother and all the youngsters
that sofa at times, and the squire will impose his relaxe
the chairs. Their construction must be rectangular, ti
old wing-chair may be the inspiration for the arms and 1
giving them style and enduring beauty.
    After the comfortable seats, the table, the big tabl,
the lamp, the latest magazines, the unread post, mother's
and father's ink and blotter. What shall this table L
have a smooth and spacious top and such honest rectang
that the young daughter may perch on its edge in her la
and the boys may lean on it heavily without reproach.
models for such usage time has given us, one has legs
straight from the edge-this includes the gate-leg--and
supported at either end with a stretcher through the n
Renaissance gave these models, but Greece and Rome
were back of them. These tables of the Renaissance
and ornamented with the highest talent, and thus beca
art, but in these latter days we can do without the er
and take only the constructive lines of the table, get
tasteful an effect and much more appropriateness. In
can furnish with simple pieces which never alter in value
we never grow tired.
   This is the day of the copy, the reproduction, in furniture. Bu
in general more attention is paid to copying detail than in gettiN
correct proportion. And the proportion of the old pieces is a subti
thing. It were better to copy that than to copy ornament.
   For the big table then choose a design that follows in outline th
548


Go up to Top of Page