When you visit Townhouse Galleries you will see many different styles of furniture represented on our showroom floors. What distinguishes the pieces you see there from other sellers are the stories behind the designs and craftsmanship of our products. To us, this business is not all about selling you something! We want you to leave with an appreciation of the design and craftsmanship of the pieces you might already have or those pieces you purchase from us! Perhaps it could be said of these times, that there is a renewal of commitment to quality. We’ve certainly been hearing from more of you about a renewed commitment to quality products. A decision to invest in quality paves the way for a more sustainable future. Imagine the difference it makes in the volume in landfills, the use of raw materials, and in your bank account if a sofa lasts 20 years instead of 3. Consumers drive the market, so we want to thank you for your commitment to the quality of furniture and designs that we’ve offered for years! This blog series will offer a historical glimpse behind the familiar designs you see in furniture stores.
What makes Arts and Crafts furniture so special? Exploring the history of this particular movement is intriguing and we think exceptionally relevant, given the times. The Arts and Crafts movement in the late 1800s was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. During that period, life was often characterized as fast paced with rapid urban development and the rise of middle-class industrialists. This period lead to more mass production and a diminishing quality to goods. The Arts and Crafts movement saw a revival of a slower pace, a commitment to quality, and of a less mechanized society. William Morris, the founding father of the movement, believed in traditional craftsmanship and good-quality materials. The furniture pieces themselves demonstrate a focus on the natural beauty of the timbers used in their construction. The details of construction, such as marquetry, exposed construction, handcrafted hardware, and rich inlays were often used as decorative features.
Recently, Townhouse Galleries became the North Alabama dealer for Stickley furniture. Gustav Stickley, the figurehead of the American Arts and Crafts movement, began making and selling furniture reproductions in the early 1900s. Stickley aimed to create “furniture that shows plainly what it is and in which the design and construction harmonize with the wood”. Stickley furniture is still known and appreciated for their commitment to quality today! Visit our Huntsville showroom to learn more and see those features that demonstrate the inspiration of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Stickley style.