Mission Furniture

Mission Furniture History

Mission Furniture Style, also sometimes referred to as “Arts & Crafts” or “American Mission” style is a revolutionary furniture & design movement that was created as a response to the industrial revolution and the way it devalued the individual furniture maker. This style of architecture, interior design, and decorative arts “became affordable to middle class homes built in the United States during the Arts and Crafts period between 1900 and 1930.”

The Significance of Mission Furniture

Many of the major players of the Mission Style movement including William Morris, John Ruskin, Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright, believed that the Craftsman was being lost to the mass produced, “soulless” furniture of the Victorian Era. Mission furniture was a complete departure from the over embellished and “glamorous” furniture that the Victorian Period was known for. In the Victorian Era, “A bare room was considered to be in poor taste, so every surface was filled with objects that reflected the owner’s interests and aspirations.” Reflecting a time in society when domesticity meant absolute privacy, and when the Bourgeois existence manifested into the interior space.  The home was used as a curtained off retreat, wary of intrusion, and “opened only by invitation for viewing only on occasions such as parties or teas.”  Basically, the Victorian Home was a manifestation of upper-class values (while still using overly adorned, low quality decor and furniture). 

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“The Victorian Bedroom at Dalgarven” by Roger Griffith – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

This is what The Mission Furniture Movement rebelled against, the highly “glamorous” ideals of the Victorian Era that weren’t inclusive of the real middle class. It represented an entire shift in cultural attitudes and values. Mission furniture aimed to represent the true American worker.

Mission Furniture Features

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Mission furniture is bold yet simplistic, reminiscent of a traditional Rustic Farmhouse. It’s heavy in appearance and build, with emphasis on using clean lines and natural materials. Mission style typically incorporated locally handcrafted wood, glass, and metal work–bringing the artisan back into the picture and straying away from a mass produced look. Mission furniture is very sturdy, and found some inspiration from Shaker furniture with it’s aim to be usable as well as stylish. Mission style is a design that “emphasizes simple (horizontal and vertical) lines and flat panels that accentuate the grain of the wood.”  This style intends to reveal the craft of woodworking and the skill & labor of the individual craftsman. It’s unpainted and unadorned, making it fitting furniture for practically any style of home!

Our Reflection

Mission Furniture is important to us because it represents exactly why we are here, to promote the craft of fine artisan woodworking. Our culture has seen a revival of cheap, mass-produced furniture available online and in big box stores– and our furniture crafters are creating expert furniture designs with the same passion and integrity that sparked the Mission Style movement over a hundred years ago. If you’d like to see more of our collections of Mission furniture, please browse hundreds of our locally crafted and sourced pieces!

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Our beautiful fine furniture and Vermont made home decor showroom is open 9-6 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. If you’ve been dreaming about making the trip to visit us and see our Vermont handcrafted furniture up close, we’d love to have you here this weekend! The weather in Vermont is supposed to be great, the showroom is full of great furniture pieces, and we’re sure it’ll be worth the trip.

Bring a picnic lunch and walk around our 100+ acre property. Enjoy the natural beauty of the trees while you shop for wood furniture that comes from well managed forests just like the one in our backyard!

To see what furniture we have available ahead of time, check out our selection of ‘showroom furniture.’

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Independence Day Furniture Sales

Searching for Independence Day Furniture Sales this year?

As a company that prides itself on exclusively USA Made fine furniture, we’re beyond excited to celebrate Independence Day with enormous savings on our handcrafted fine furniture. Enjoy time spent with your family and friends instead of traveling to find great deals this Independence day, because you’ll find them here for an entire week and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your house! From July 1st-July 7th, most collections are on sale for 20% off store-wide* plus free shipping! As always, our wood furniture is built with the quality and integrity that built Vermont’s 250+ year reputation as the fine furniture capitol of the United States. Rest assured that your new wood furniture will last for generations to come, backed by a lifetime guarantee.

So what’s on Sale?

From July 1st to July 7th, our entire store is on sale besides our Copeland, Polywood, Artisan, Barnwood and Clearance collections. You have the great opportunity to save 20% on:

Bedroom Furniture- Handmade, natural solid cherry wood bedroom furniture sets help create a feeling of serenity and relaxation. All of our USA made, real solid wood bedroom furniture pieces are individually handcrafted in Vermont by skilled furniture makers.  This high quality hardwood bedroom furniture can be customized online in solid cherrywalnutmaple or oak woods.  Many 2 tone combinations of these hardwoods are also available for your bedroom set.

Dining Room Furniture- Entertain your guests in a luxurious setting with elegant, American-made dining furniture, built to order right here in Vermont. Our high-end dining room and kitchen furniture is handmade from real solid wood. Select traditional Shaker-style furniture, Mission or Craftsman-style furniture, or modern, contemporary furnishings, made from your choice of natural solid cherry, maple, oak or walnut hardwoods.

Home Office Furniture- Be more productive in an organized home office workspace designed especially to meet your needs.

Find handcrafted real cherry, professional office furniture and high quality, solid maple, walnut and oak wood home office furniture. Our 100% American-made collections will add luxury and functionality to your workplace.

Work will be more enjoyable with our natural wood vertical office centers, executive desks, bookcases, computer armoires, conference tables, file cabinets and office storage units. Any of our home office furniture pieces can be customized to fit your space. Choose real solid Cherry Walnut, Maple, or Oak woods. Build the office of your dreams!

Living Room Furniture- Enhance the beauty and functionality of your living room with our natural, real solid wood furniture, handmade in Vermont from sustainably-harvested woods. High-end home entertainment centers, tables and matching bookcases provide sophisticated and compact storage for all your home media equipment.

Solid wood accent tables and occasional tables, skillfully crafted of beautiful, natural cherry hardwood in contemporary and traditional styles, complete your living room furnishings. All of our high end furniture can be customized to fit your spaces, usually at no extra cost!

 All of our furniture is traditionally handcrafted in the United States by highly skilled craftspeople, and is available in Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Oak. Our 4th of July furniture sale is one of our best and biggest sales of the year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on those pieces you’ve been daydreaming about.

*Excludes Copeland, Polywood, and Artisan pieces.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

This weekend marks the official 2014 Spring Open Studio Weekend in Vermont! This is a very special weekend where artists around the state open their studios to the public. Southern Vermont is home to some incredibly talented artists, so if you’re planning your Memorial Day trip to Vermont– this is a destination that cannot be missed. I’d suggest watching the video above to see just how unique this open studio weekend is, as further explained by the Vermont Crafts Council in this heartfelt statement:

“Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.”

While you’re on your studio tour of Southern Vermont, we’d love to invite you to visit us as well. Our showroom is home to a handful of one of a kind artisan furniture designs from world class craftsmen from around Vermont. Their furniture designs are true works of art, and are never replicated. Our friendly staff will be here all weekend to welcome guests & answer any questions about these unique artisan pieces.

If you’d like more information about Spring Open Studio Weekend, visit the Vermont Crafts Council website.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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The Vermont Woods Studios sales team shares what they are most looking forward to now that Spring has arrived.

Though my daffodils were covered in 3″ of snow last week, according to the calendar Spring has arrived. I took an informal survey of my coworkers here in the Sales Department at Vermont Woods Studios to see what they were most looking forward to now that warmer days lie ahead. To make it a bit more interesting, I thought I’d leave out the names. Instead visit our Green Team page and see if you can find the clues you need to figure out the answers to “Who Said It? Sales Edition.”

  • This person puts a lot of miles on their little car traveling to various agricultural events. Their favorite part of Spring? Two words…Red Sox!
  • One of the original Green Team members, this person is a native Vermonter. What did Spring have in store for them? Finding a new home in time to plant recently purchased flower bulbs.
  • When asked about what they were most excited about with the warmer weather, our next candidate said, “I am looking forward to walking to work again!”
  • Though a world-traveler, swimming in lakes and going to yard sales was this salesperson’s idea of a fun-filled Spring/Summer.
  • Not surprising to those of us here at Vermont Woods Studios, this next individual said that barbecuing is what they will be doing now that warmer weather is here to stay.

We all agreed one of the best parts of Spring at Stonehurst is getting to have our meetings outside while relaxing on our POLYWOOD® furniture.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the sales team a little bit better. If you still can’t figure out “Who Said It?,” give us a call. We’d be happy to give you some more clues. And stay tuned for “Who Said It? Marketing/Web/Founder Edition.”

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.