A guide to this seminal American Arts & Crafts figure.
Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) is an iconic character and one of the most influential figures of the American Arts & Crafts movement. A self-made man whose furniture company, Craftsman Workshops, and the seminal magazine he founded in 1901, The Craftsman, held wide-ranging influence over American interior design and decorative arts for decades.
Though best-known as a designer of functional yet beautifully crafted wooden furniture, Stickley was also an entrepreneur and brilliant manager who assembled a talented team of collaborators to produce lamps, metalwork, textiles, plans for houses, and interiors. This is the first ever authoritative and comprehensive monograph on the life and career of Stickley, and constitutes an essential contribution to the field of American Arts & Crafts and decorative arts. It is generously illustrated with archival and specially commissioned photographs of furniture and objects, as well as people and places central to Stickley's life.
David Cathers is one of the most widely consulted scholars on Stickley, and this book gathers together years of his research and expertise. Gustav Stickley includes a chronology, bibliography and detailed biographical information on all of Stickley's significant collaborators, making it an indispensable research volume, as well as a sheer pleasure into which to delve.
David Cathers is a researcher, lecturer, and writer on the Arts & Crafts movement and a frequently consulted expert and lecturer on Gustav Stickley. He is the author of Furniture of the American Arts and Crafts Movement and Stickley Style, and editor of Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms: A Pictorial History.
Cathers is one of a select group of international Arts & Crafts specialists who are contributing to the catalogue of the upcoming Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition 'International Arts & Crafts' (2005). He began collecting Stickley furniture in 1973, and since 1993 has been a trustee of the Craftsman Farms Foundation, based in New Jersey.