2013, our first year at Stonehurst gave us another reason to study and analyze what our customers’ favorite American made furniture styles are. With limited space in our showroom, we wanted to display the very best selection of Vermont furniture, as defined by customer purchases. After looking through the sales statistics, we found these Top 3 American Furniture styles, which we’ll be featuring often at Stonehurst:
Shaker Style Furniture
This Vermont Shaker bed, nightstand and chest are pretty accurate reproductions of the original Shaker style furniture crafted by communities of the United Society of Believers starting in the late 1700′s. Born here in the Northeast, this American furniture style is a simple, utilitarian design characterized by straight tapered legs and mushroom-shaped wooden knobs. Vermont furniture makers have become today’s authority on Shaker furniture and customers seeking a simple elegant, solid wood design have grown to love their work. It’s our top seller and customers are customizing it in their choice of cherry, walnut, maple and oak woods (preference is in that order). Sometimes customers will choose two contrasting wood colors like cherry and walnut or maple and walnut to trick it out– if there is such a thing for “Shaker furniture”.
Craftsman Style Furniture
This Contemporary Craftsman Bedroom Furniture collection is a modern rendition of the American craftsman and “arts and crafts” furniture that became popular in the late 19th century and remained prevalent through the 1930s. It’s handmade of real solid cherry wood with contrasting drawer pulls in solid walnut wood and reflects the true craftsmanship of this period. The finish on this collection is a traditional hand-rubbed oil and wax. If you like this contemporary craftsman style furniture, learn more about the details and craftsmanship here.
Hardwood furniture is experiencing a renaissance this year. It’s always been a classic, but over the years modern materials (metal, plastics, glass, wicker, rattan, bamboo, concrete) have become popular furniture components. Looking at today’s online home decor authorities such as Houzz and Apartment Therapy however, it seems real solid hardwood furniture is making a comeback! Here’s a run-down of the Top 5 Hardwood Furniture Style Trends we’ve seen at Vermont Woods Studios this year:
Did you know that furniture goes in and out of fashion, just like clothing? Weird, huh? You can find out what the latest furniture styles are at any one of a plethora of fine furniture fairs in New York, Paris, Milan, High Point (North Carolina), Las Vegas and lots of other-worldly places. There’s a whole industry of consultants that (secretly) meet to decide what the next season’s styles and colors will be. Their “recommendations” are followed by all the big furniture companies and that’s why you see so much similarity in offerings from year to year.
Recently, the new furniture styles have had an ultra modern theme, with bright neon colors, lots of glass, plastic & aluminum construction and the occasional fake fur accent. So we’re pleasantly surprised to see the re-emergence of Mission and Craftsman Style Furniture in the fashion lineup. Maybe people have had enough of those interesting conversation pieces and are longing for something beautiful, comfortable and functional for their homes.
For generations Vermont has been the premiere point of origin for some of the best mission and craftsman style furniture the world has to offer. Check out the Contemporary Craftsman Furniture set shown above. The emphasis for this craftsman is simple elegance– using honest handcrafted, wooden furniture to transform a home into an authentic, relaxed, uncluttered haven for all those who enter.
In Vermont we don’t pay all that much attention to the latest high fashion trends in furniture styles. What we do focus on though, is genuine high quality, handcrafted, solid wood furniture that’s 100% USA made and guaranteed for a lifetime of enjoyment in your home. Find more mission and craftsman style furniture sets on our website, Facebook and Pinterest boards.
What do you like most about Mission and Craftsman style furniture? Customers shopping for this type of wooden furniture often tell us they’re looking for simple, natural designs and honest craftsmanship. Their search leads them to Vermont. With it’s 200 year tradition of authentic, high quality woodworking, the Green Mountain State has earned a reputation of being the Fine Furniture Capital of America.
Mission and craftsman style furniture is being handmade in every corner of our state. This weekend our artisans are opening their doors to visitors who want to see their craftsmanship in action. You probably know this already but before you come, I should be clear. In Vermont you’re not going to find much in the way of fancy Victorian carving or ornamental scrolling (we leave that to global conglomerates that use lots of CNC machinery and exploited labor to produce high volumes of low quality furniture).
Instead, in the Green Mountain State you’ll see the real thing: a tradition of simple (but precise) elegance in furniture making. Fine quality construction, high value raw materials, local skilled labor, fair wages, human rights and environmental responsibility are hallmarks of Vermont’s fine furniture industry. The Mission and Craftsman style furniture that comes out of Vermont has a certain charm, grace, delicacy and simplicity reflecting those values and it just cannot be duplicated by mass production.
If you’re out and about leaf peeping this beautiful Autumn weekend, stop by some of our state’s premiere furniture studios and check out some real mission and craftsman style furniture and the artisans who create it.
How do you like this custom made mission style table crafted by Lyndon Furniture?
On the way home after Thanksgiving dinner at Gramma's, we stopped by a housewarming party in St Johnsbury, Vermont. Bill and Peggy C. have just finished a spectacular timber-frame home that's nestled into the top of a mountainside, featuring gorgeous views of the meadows below.
The view of the natural setting is breath-taking, but the scenery inside the home is also awe-inspiring. The two world travelers have assembled such an interesting collection of art from all around the world!
We were excited to see many pieces of custom furniture that we had crafted for them. This photo is an octagonal mission style table that Bill designed along with matching mission chairs.
For the custom table, we started with our American Mission Dining Table. Bill liked the base pieces so we took 3 of them and arranged them in a triangle to make his base. Then we changed the top shape from rectangular to octagonal.
I love the way it turned out! If you're looking for custom furniture at an affordable price, Lyndon Furniture should be at the top of your list. Give us a call at Vermont Woods Studios and we'll help you find (or design) exactly what you're looking for!