During World War I, fifteen of the Michigan manufacturers joined together to build airplanes, a venture that was far from successful.
After the war, neither Arts and Crafts furniture nor its Grand Rapids producers recovered.” (Carlson Library, The University of Toledo) “With the exception of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who designed furniture primarily for his own use, the United States produced no outstanding art nouveau furniture.
In fact, some items can be dated by the address on the label, since his shops constantly expanded and the streets were renamed.
But most makers of the early period either scrawled their name or mark under a drawer somewhere or didn’t bother to mark their products at all.
People were looking for relief after the excesses of Victorian times and the influx of mass-produced furniture from the Industrial Revolution.
The furniture maker Gustav Stickley produced Arts and Crafts furniture often referred to as being in the Mission Style, though Stickley dismissed the term as misleading. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Charles Limbert, Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Company (Lifetime), The Shop of the Crafters and Ford Johnson.
The Stickley Brothers eventually bought out their brother Gustav’s company after he went bankrupt in 1917.
“Other important companies producing mission furniture in Grand Rapids included the Charles P. Limbert began as a salesman for the Old Hickory Furniture Co. In addition to the traditional Arts and Crafts influences, Limbert was also influenced by traditional Dutch designs, and often promoted the connection between his company and the Dutch settlers of Western Michigan, many of who worked for his company.Posted in Arts and Crafts style, Furniture, Interior Design, tagged Alamo Heights, Charles P.Limbert Co., custom furniture, Donald Deskey, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co., Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturers Association, Grand Rapids Furniture Record, interior decorating, interior design, Julie Risman, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Michigan Chair Company, Old Hickory Furniture Co., San Antonio on May 14, 2010| Leave a Comment » “Grand Rapids manufacturers seized upon these various design elements and began to produce the style cheaply. Forbes around 1894 for San Francisco's Swedenborgian Church.Mc Hugh of New York, a furniture manufacturer and retailer who copied these chairs and offered a line of stylistically related furnishings by 1898.in Martinsville, Indiana, a company that produced popular Arts and Crafts-era rustic furniture. Other major Michigan manufacturers included the Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co., which produced the ‘Lifetime Furniture’ line, and the Michigan Chair Company.