By David Mathias
100 years in the past Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene constructed a brand new and unique architectural and ornamental sort that mixed Arts & Crafts and Asian affects with a California sensibility and obsessive consciousness to aspect. That cutting edge variety is quickly recognizable, even to this present day. via delicate software of a special layout vocabulary, they created a long-lasting legacy that keeps to delight the senses and stimulate the mind of these lucky sufficient to view their outstanding homes and furnishings.
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Baillie Scott. It is not known precisely which works Charles did or did not see. 16 In America, Gustav Stickley is all but synonymous with Arts & Crafts. While he is best remembered today for his furniture designs, he was also a publisher. His magazine, The Craftsman, gave him a forum for expressing his ideas and spreading the Arts & Crafts gospel. While it also gave him a vehicle for selling his furniture, Stickley published his furniture plans in The Craftsman so that anyone could, with Stickley’s explicit encouragement, implement his designs themselves.
Pratt house, Ojai, 1908-11. Architect and historian Clay Lancaster recognized the variety of influence in the development of the California bungalow. ”8 This is, perhaps, the great triumph of their careers — the sensitive fusion of elements of the Arts & Crafts movement, an Asian aesthetic and the requirements of their adopted California in a way to appear entirely rational and natural, even inevitable. Of course, it was anything but inevitable at the dawn of the 20th century. Only a visionary could have anticipated the result of this integration; of incorporating such seemingly disparate aesthetics.
Why spend time setting up a machine to perform an operation when a few swipes with a hand plane will do the job? Conversely, why spend hours dimensioning a stack of lumber by hand when machines can do it in a fraction of the time? This eminently reasonable approach is entirely consistent with the Arts & Crafts philosophy. Ernest Batchelder is today most famous for his beautiful decorative tiles. During the first decade of the 20th century, however, he was a well-known and respected designer and educator.