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The history of early American furniture reveals a diverse and rich heritage that continues to influence the construction of solid wood furniture to this day. By examining the origins of the Shaker and Mission furniture styles, The Story of Early American Furniture, we’ll gain a better understanding of the continuing popularity of wood furniture and the future direction of furniture craftsmanship.
Shaker Style Furniture
Shaker furniture begins with the Shakers, a Christian religious group that settled along America’s Eastern seaboard after fleeing European persecution. Their simplicity and work ethic naturally infused their furnishings which they crafted for practical use in the home and religious gatherings.
Mission Style Furniture
Mission furniture was inspired by the beautiful adobe Spanish missions built by Spanish missionaries in the American Southwest. The unique designs of these missions influenced architects, artists and furniture craftsmen, but it was Gustav Stickley who first mass-produced and popularized mission furniture.
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