Jewel-like details are the crowning touch on these masterpieces of American furniture.
By David Mathias
Furniture designed by early 20th-century American architects Charles & Henry Greene is as rare as hen’s teeth. The reason is simple: their pieces were never mass-produced or marketed. Every table, chair, bed and cabinet was designed to occupy a particular location in a particular house of the Greenes’ design.
Slideshows: Watch our PDF slideshows of additional furniture and architectural details from Greene & Greene houses: Greene & Greene Everyday, Green & Greene from a Woodworker’s Perspective and Greene & Greene: Details and Joinery
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To Buy: Previous articles by the author can be found in the August, October and November 2008 issues of this magazine.
In Our Store: Purchase the author’s book, “Greene & Greene: Poems of Wood & Light.” Read more
How to build the exquisite finger joints from a Gamble House classic. By David Mathias Pages: 61-65 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now ?One test of a design is how well it ages. Great designs are timeless and visually stunning: the Chrysler building, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT, and any number … Read more
In the hands of genius, ordinary items become fine art. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-71 From the November 2008 issue #172 Buy this issue now One of the best-known quotations to arise from the Arts & Crafts movement is from William Morris. A founding father of the movement in England, Morris … Read more
Looking beyond the surface of Arts & Crafts furniture masterpieces. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 71-76 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now 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 … Read more
Connecting an Arts & Crafts icon with the men who made it 100 years ago. By David Mathias Page: 80 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now On a Sunday afternoon not too long ago, I found myself sitting in a home in Southern California looking at the family heirlooms of a … Read more
Awakening of a style. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-70 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One hundred years ago, two brothers were in the midst of an amazing period of creative success. The result was a unique, enduring style that is instantly recognizable. The brothers were Charles … Read more
Classic design elements combine to create a new design. By David Mathias Pages: 36-41 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Seven years ago I made my first piece of Greene & Greene-style furniture, a coffee table of my own design. It contained several elements the Greenes commonly used: cloudlifts and ebony … Read more