Starting Point

Starting Point: Art Deco by Lynnea Schwieters

The 1920's and 30's brought a new sense of freedom and cheerfulness. Folks were happy to be out of war and woman became more independent and liberal. I think furniture design during this era really took on this role - Art Deco is fun, sexy, and has a great personality. Marquetry, softened corners, curves, interesting wood grains, and unique materials are typical amongst furniture of this era.

 

Starting Point by Lynnea Schwieters

Before the Industrial Revolution, which sent furniture well on its way to mass production, each piece was made by hand. You would make the chair you sat in, the bed frame you slept in, the bench you ate dinner at, as well as the table your dinner was on. People of wealth have always had the capital to have mundane tasks outsourced, and furniture making was no different. Cabinet makers, the original furniture "manufacturers" such as Duncan Phyfe, handcrafted each and every piece of furniture to either his own or his clients specifications. He is renowned for his elegant designs and superior craftsmanship. Duncan incorporated Empire & Federalist design elements into his wide ranging designs that are still desirable today. Phyfe single handedly shaped the local New York style for the elite class for at least two generations. Duncan Phyfe's life's work, 1770-1854, is now being displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Highly Recommended!

 

 

 

Fast forward to the year 2012 and you can still find cabinet makers who make each piece by hand. Rarely do they share the same precision and detail as Phyfe's but I think the beauty and delicacy of a handmade cabinet will always reign over the machine.

The way that Maurice brings the raw, natural edges of this piece together forming a seamless flow of the wood grain, is a technique that Duncan Phyfe popularized & makes this modern console splurge worthy.Raw edge console available at Maurice Gadson

 

Starting Point by Lynnea Schwieters

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, believed that beautiful environments informed human behavior. He was forward thinking for his time - he loved America and strived to create buildings that were based solely on America's democratic values and human dignity. He developed open floors plans with spaces that flowed and opened out to each other.  He also designed every detail of the project including furniture, lighting, fabrics, and often stained glass.  Walking into a Wright masterpiece is like being taken into another dimension.  "A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be" - Wright

The Robie House, Oak Park, Illinois, completed in 1910

Frank Lloyd Wright designed furniture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC