Architecture of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Architecture of the Arts and Crafts Movement


The Arts and Crafts movement started in England in the last half of the Nineteenth century. Americans are generally more familiar with late Nineteenth and early Twentieth century Mission Style design, which stemmed from this movement and became popular by the work of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Today, there is a resurgence in the love of quality craftsmanship and handmade goods.

Wright home in Chicago. Photo from Wikipedia: Courtesy of John Delano, Photographer.

The baubles, turrets, and  spindles of the Victorian Era were laid to rest for a more practical, utilitarian design that focused on craftsmanship. John Ruskin and William Morris believed in social reform, they believed good design would in turn bring on a “good” society. The quality of craftsmanship and the skill of the creator gave people a reason to be proud. The concept: If the people are proud of their work and their belongings they will be happier in life.

Designs were created by the people for the people. They wanted to create beautiful environments. Thus, the early Arts and Crafts creations took from Japanese designs.

As in many Frank Lloyd Wright homes, the architecture and lines of furniture design during this period focus on rectilinear lines and angles. The term Mission style was also used to describe Arts and Crafts Furniture and design in the United States. William Morris and Gustav Stickley are the American movement originators with their streamlined furniture design. They believed design should be honest, with the use of the item leading the design. Frank Lloyd Wright is well known for his idea of allowing form to follow function.

If you’d like to learn more about Craftsman Style Design, here is a great resource, Stickley’s Craftsman Homes, by Ray Stubblebine.

Stickly wanted to streamline the design and began to mass produce his quality furniture designs. He wanted all americans to enjoy affordable, quality design. Today, Stickley's furniture is a valuable collector’s item. The Stickley Company produces reproductions of the original Stickley designs.

Today, many artisans and craftsman embrace this movement creating their homes around well-built, solid, handmade furniture and details vs. our traditional factory made products. Rain Chains are a perfect companion for this style of architecture or for those who hold these concepts high. The rectilinear cups and black finish of our Square Link is ideal for your home improvement needs or perhaps you’d prefer a Japanese Kusari Petals rain chain for your courtyard garden.

Rain Chains for Craftsman Style Design Renovations.