Along with through mortises and pegged joinery, the ‘cloud lift’ stands out as one of the significant design elements of Green and Greene furniture. It is thought that this element was borrowed from Asian influences and indeed, the cloud lift can be seen as a dominant feature of Asian architecture.
According to Darrell Peart, author of Greene & Greene Design Elements for the Workshop, “There are no set rules to applying cloud lifts to a design; only good judgment combined with personal preference.”
For those that don’t know it by this term, the cloud lift design element is the rise in two horizontal lines connected by two small radii. It can be seen in the Thorsen Table.
In most cases, when employed in a table apron, it looks like an arch with the horizontal lines rising to the middle. This makes architectural sense, because the skirt appears to be supporting the top in the way a bridge-arch supports the roadway.
However, some furniture designers/makers reverse the arch so that middle horizontal line falls in the middle.
I prefer the former approach, but obviously, I’m expressing personal taste here.
What do the rest of you Arts & Crafts – Green & Green aficionados think?
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