Greene & Greene: Details and Joinery


Looking beyond the surface of Arts & Crafts furniture masterpieces.
By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang
Pages: 71-76

From the October 2008 issue #171
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Everyone is familiar with some variation of the following wisdom: “The more you learn, the more there is to learn.” It’s probably very close to a universal truth. Certainly, it’s true of Greene & Greene furniture – the influences, details and construction hold many secrets.

The title of this article is “borrowed” from the Gamble house where, since March 2007, there are monthly “Details and Joinery Tours.” The lucky few on these tours get a chance to see inside (and under and behind) some of the furniture in that wonderful house. The experience is a revelation. And it raises more questions than it answers.

This article is the second in a three-part series on Greene & Greene design. In the first article we gave a broad overview of the style with emphasis on its evolution. In this second installment, we emphasize details and design elements of the furniture. The final article will demonstrate the Greene & Greene touch applied to cabinetry and doors, making utilitarian objects beautiful.

Online Extra

For a slide show of additional never before published photos of Greene and Greene furniture, click here.


From the October 2008 issue #171
Buy this issue now