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Forum topic by bbqking posted 06-29-2008 04:08 AM 643 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2008 04:08 AM

I was just wondering if anyone wants to talk about the apparent oriental influence on arts & crafts furniture. I know it was a simplistic design to answer Victorian excesses in furniture. Stickley is Stickley. Greene & Greene is Greene & Greene. I design and build my own Craftsman pieces. Nearly every time, however, I stand back and admire my work and can see oriental lines in there. Simple, great lines that make for great furniture. Just fishing for some good conversation. As always, bbqKing

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 06:39 AM

The style is sort of a blending of medieval and Eastern influences.

I grew up in So.Cal. There are a lot of G&G houses. A friend of
mine owns one. It’s from 1902 or so and it’s not at all like the
Gamble or Blacker homes built about 15 years later.

The stained-glass the Greene’s designed show heavy influence of
Japanese design.

The Greene’s were more Asian-influenced than Stickley, who wasn’t
building furniture for the super-rich as were the Greenes.

The Stickley company did produce a lot of Asian stye designs later on – I forget
the designer’s name but he really defined the later period of
Stickley – before drinking himself into the grave.

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