|Antique oak sideboard in the Arts and Crafts style circa 1910.|
Image by Hannah Manning via Materials Unlimited
Developed in the 1860s as a backlash to lavish design and industrialization, the Arts and Crafts style of furniture (originally founded in England) was rooted in simplicity. Falling back on the craftsman tradition, furniture of this period was manufactured by hand, and was true to the natural materials used to produce it. Woods were left unstained to show the true beauty and unique quality of the grain, while furniture forms were heavy and rectilinear lacking significant ornamentation. This sideboard is a perfect example of the Arts and Crafts style drawing on the characteristics of simple design, natural oak, and sturdy construction.