Harvey Ellis Bookcase

A faithful reproduction of the epitome of Arts & Crafts design.
By Robert W. Lang

Pages: 66-73
From the February 2005 issue #146
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Gustav Stickley once wrote that the best way to learn furniture design was to build a proven design. He wrote that the student “learns from the start the fundamental principles of design and proportion and so comes naturally to understand what is meant by thorough workmanship.” This bookcase is one of the finest examples of proportion and detail that make the Craftsman style more than just a simple piece of furniture.

In 1903 Harvey Ellis designed this glass-door bookcase while working as a designer for Stickley. The first time I saw an original example of this piece of furniture I was struck by how perfectly proportioned it was and how well all of the details combine.

From the February 2005 issue #146
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