Honesty and simplicity
Ornate design troubles me. In my years as an architecture history teacher’s aide, my mind’s eye always drifted to the more honest and simple designs of periods of design from the early 1900s. Memories of my great grandparents’ simple homes and lifestyles made a permanent impression on me.
Though I admire contemporary architecture and its steel and glass materials, there’s nothing quite like the touch and smell of wood.
With simplicity and quality as my motive, I set out recently in search of furniture for the new house. My experience was very rewarding as I worked out the details with Candi and Jerald Hawkins at Black Carriage Furniture in Grand Junction.
Candi and Jerald have a cadre of 40-50 craftsmen available who produce hand crafted, heirloom quality, solid wood mission and craftsman style furniture. While there are plenty of styles to choose from their in-stock inventory, if your needs require a special size or finish, shop no more. Go there right now.
Mission style furniture was a reaction to the prissy, overly refined and precious styles of the victorian era and is characterized by its simple, rustic style. This style has a hand-hewn quality, heavy members with square supports and was unpainted, usually oak or birch.
Craftsman furniture is an outgrowth of mission furniture as people grew weary of so much straight-lined, heavy furniture. The crafstmen wanted designs that added a feeling of grace and a certain degree of delicacy. In all craftsman designs there is a distinct lack of unnecessary ornament, and the charm depends entirely upon the extreme simplicity. This early simplicity movement called for harmony with nature, craftsmanship instead of shoddy machine-made material goods, dignity of the working man and woman. It was a backlash to the Industrial revolution by philosophers and designers.
Made in the United States and available locally, Black Carriage Furniture offers quality furniture solutions made with integrity.
Designed to last generations, kids – take a good look at your inheritance.