from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Stickley, Gustav 1857-1942. American furniture designer. A leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement, he is credited with creating the Mission furniture style.


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  • Other examples of his craftsmanship are displayed in furniture pieces and other cabinetry -- most of it in a style called Stickley, a craftsman style popular in the 1920s.

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  • It looked as if Joe Stickley, “Styx”, the soft-spoken negotiator, had finally gotten Stett to respond to the pleas that he let his wife and daughter come out.

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  • "I wanted it all to be very plain, like Stickley furniture."

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  • Thereafter Stickley made his reasonably priced "Craftsman" furnishings widely available through retailers nationwide.

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  • This is most stunningly displayed in the show's chief highlight, a re - creation of the dining room first exhibited in the 1903 Arts and Crafts Exhibition organized by Stickley in Syracuse, N.Y. The room incorporates the handsome, massive furniture in a setting where everything from the oak-and-burlap wainscot to the pottery vessels on the table and sideboard was designed or overseen by Stickley himself.

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  • Nevertheless, to compare any of Stickley's masterpieces in this show with the many inferior "Mission" imitations that Stickley despised is to understand why his work is not just so highly valued by so many today, but also so deeply loved.

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  • In early pieces like the "Tom Jones" drink stand and the "Poppy Table," both made between 1900 and 1901, Stickley attempted to carve and shape his pieces into stylized floral forms.

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  • Unlike his English predecessors — most notably William Morris, who was an artist and designer before embarking on his commercial enterprise — Stickley began his career as a part-owner and director of conventional furniture mills, producing the popular historic revival styles.

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  • Comprised of more than 100 examples of furniture, metalwork, lighting and textiles produced by Stickley's designers and workshops, the show illustrates the philosophy of simplicity, functionalism and hand-craftsmanship that Stickley adapted to a factory production system.

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  • Elsewhere, a glazed bookcase with shelves fixed in place behind the horizontal glazing bars of the doors reveals Stickley controlling his design even after it is in private hands: Adjustable shelves, if moved from those positions, would interfere visually with the clean windowlike pattern.

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