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1 Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

2 Tonight we’ll talk about: furniture design & Design Elements Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

3 Why Design Furniture? Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

4 Some of My Designs… Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

5 Some of My Designs… Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

6 Some of My Designs… Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

7 Some of My Designs… Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

8 Some of My Designs… Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

9 Some of My Designs… Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

10 Why Design Furniture? Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

11 What is Furniture Design? My definition: "The epiphany that happens when inspiration drives creativity to pluck random nuggets of design and style knowledge, mix them together and spit out something truly unique and pleasing to its creator." Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

12 The components of furniture design Design Knowledge Style Knowledge Creativity Inspiration An Epiphany "Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life" Twyla Tharp in The Creative Habit Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

13 Style Knowledge: OR WHAT IS THE ARTS & CRAFTS “STYLE?” Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

14 gustav Stickley Sideboard

15 Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Charles Rohlfs Desk

16 Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Greene & Greene Blacker House Sideboard

17 Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Arthur Mackmurdo (Century Guild of Artists) Chair

18 Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture shapland & Petter Barnstaple, England

19 “…the arts & crafts movement derives its identity from a set of shared principles, rather than from any uniform visual code.” Rosalind Blakesley The Arts and Crafts Movement “…what mattered in the Arts & crafts was not what objects looked like, but the spirit in which they were made. Arts & crafts objects were distinguished not by a style, but by qualities that correspond to common arts & crafts attitudes.” Alan Crawford Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture

20 the “attitudes” or tenets of Arts & Crafts furniture: Utility Honesty of Material Solidarity of Constructions Adaption to place Aesthetic effort

21 “Our first and leading purpose of building a cabinet, case, bed or chair is that the design shall represent, and not confuse the structural idea; in a word, that our art shall not conceal our article.” Gustav Stickley Chips from the Workshop of Gustave Stickley Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Utility

22 “To cover brick with plaster, and this plaster with fresco, is perfectly legitimate…but to cover brick with cement, and to divide this cement with joints that look like stone, is to tell a falsehood… John Ruskin The Seven Lamps of Architecture Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture honesty of Material

23 “…furniture reflected in concrete form the way of life of the craftsman, stressing the honesty of production with structural features becoming often the focal points of the decoration. Fitness to purpose became an element of style…” Isabelle Anscombe & Charlotte Gere Arts & Crafts in Britain and American Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Solidarity of Constructions Also know as: Truth of Materials or Honesty of Production

24 “Adaption to place speaks to how comfortable your furniture is where it resides – does it compliment and harmonize with the rooms elements; but on a larger scale, is it consistent with local materials and values? Stu Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Adaption to place

25 “The best arts and crafts objects pass muster as artworks because of their superior design, illustrating a unity of form and function that celebrates both the nature of the materials and the concepts of constructions as decoration.” Leslie Bowman American arts and Crafts: Virtue in design Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Aesthetic effort

26 The Design Process Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture It starts with the epiphany A Drawing & Cut List Prototype Fabricate

27 A beginning Designers process: Master design elements and incorporate them into your furniture. We’ll talk about: Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Solid Wood legs Ebony Table Buttons Ingrown Ebony Buttons

28 Solid Wood Legs Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Represents honesty in materials, Solidarity of Constructions and Aesthetic effort

29 Ebony Table Buttons Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Represents Utility, honesty in materials, Solidarity of Constructions and Aesthetic effort Detailed instructions on stuswoodworks blog search “ebony table buttons”

30 Ingrown Ebony Buttons Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Represents honesty in materials, and Aesthetic effort Detailed instructions coming soon to stuswoodworks blog

31 Some other elements to consider Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture Pegged Mortise & Tenon joints REF: Stuswoodworks.com blog “Peg Mortises” April 2010 Frank Lloyd Wright Spindles REF: Woodsmith Magazine; Vol. 19/No 112; August 1997 Greene & Greene Leg Indents REF: Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop by Darrell Peart Through Mortise & Tenon joints REF: Stuswoodworks.com blog “Through Mortise & Tenons” March 2009

32 closing Comments & questions Stu Stewart Crick Stu’s Woodworks Manassas, VA Designing Arts & Crafts Furniture


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