|Forum topic by DannyBoy||posted 12-11-2009 04:50 PM||1517 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-11-2009 04:50 PM
I know this one is going to cause some debate (and likely already has), but I have to say it.
There is a lot of furniture on this sight that is described as Mission. Then, there is a lot of furniture that is called Arts and Crafts. Now, I’m no expert so I’ll ask: What is the real difference.
A lot of what I have read leads me to believe that “Mission” isn’t the same thing as Arts and Crafts. But, they must be similar because so much of what I would call Arts and Crafts style is labeled as Mission (even by magazines and publications; the same ones that are telling me the difference). It gets confusing.
(Now, this part may be wrong because I’m going completely off of memory for this part.) I remember reading that Mission was a line of furniture offered by one company during the turn of the century and the label stuck to Arts and Crafts furniture. Like I said, I may have this confused with something else, but if that is the case then wouldn’t a Mission piece have to be at the least a recreation of one of the pieces from that line?
I know that that Arts and Crafts was an entire movement that encompassed more than just furniture but art and living as well. William Morris (who we attribute to the design of the Morris chair; it was actually a guy with the last name Peg) was the forefather of much of this movement in philosophy and primed much of the design and thought behind the design of furniture of this movement. Really, as a history, the Arts and Crafts movement could be a major at a university (or at the least a really interesting read).
Of course, beauty and style are in the eye of the beholder, so one can state that to them, such and such will always be Mission. But, if we approach it from a practical ideal, what really is the difference and which term is correct?
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