Replacing the Victorian predilection for decorating with a miscellany of fancy objects, Gustav Stickley opted for designs in plain, straight lines that were adaptable for Craftsman settings. This oak, iron and glass corner cupboard was executed around 1902–1903 in Stickley's favorite brown color, achieved by applying wax or a thin coat of shellac to give the wood a soft, lustrous glow. Private collection. —All photos courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art.
Craftsman Style: The Craftsman movement—so named by furniture designer and artisan Gustav Stickley, who started The Craftsman magazine in 1901—came to prominence in the early 20th century as a form of protest against the factory-made furnishings and decorative objects that prevailed at the time. Room by Susan Brown.