When I'm designing furniture, I
often turn to the Arts and Crafts era
for inspiration. I love this style. It’s
simple, but elegant. When a client
commissioned me to build a small
bookcase, I knew exactly what to start
with: a photograph of a piece built
by L. & J. G. Stickley around 1904.
This Stickley bookcase was
perfect for my clients’ modern condo.
They wanted a bookcase with an
open back, so it could be accessed
from both sides and used as a room
divider. I changed the Stickley piece’s
dimensions and design a bit, but kept
the distinctive look of its side panels.
As it turned out, my clients
moved just as I was completing their
bookcase. They didn’t need a divider
in their new living room, but they
did need a piece to fit behind their
sofa. The bookcase was a natural. It’s
proven to be a very versatile design!