STICKLEY- A Short History
L. and J.G Stickley since 1900
It all started with five brothers: Gustav, Leopold, Charles, Albert, and John George Stickley. Although Gustav is often thought to have singularly created the Mission or Craftsman Style movement, all five Stickley’s were participants in the founding of the Arts & Crafts movement in America.
They embodied the expression, “Als ik Kan”, borrowed from the 15th century Dutch painter, Jan van Eyck, which loosely translates into, “To the Best of my Ability”. Furniture built for beauty and function, by incorporating the finest joinery, materials and the clearest and most radiant finishes.
Beautiful furniture, not having to rely on the opulent or the heavily embellished. Art, not distant to family life, but a part of the very fabric of the family househould.
In the early 1900’s, Stickley introduced the classic Mission or Craftsman style, that transformed the American household, lifting it out of the formality of the late Victorian era, and exhibiting a new freshness to usher in the 20th century. Typical of this period was the proliferance of mass produced, poorly-made, mediocre consumer goods.
The Stickley brothers combined technique, the highest quality materials with innovative and exciting design. New forms that appealed to the American public: furniture that was practical, long-lasting and fashionable.
In the 1920’s, Leopold Stickley introduced the Cherry Valley Collection, a colonialinspired collection which proudly emulated the honourable traditions of early American life. After the Russian Revolution, America started looking back at it’s earliest times, distancing itself from anything that hinted of socialist sympathies.
During the 1970’s, interest and respect for handcrafted furniture waned, and the future of Stickley Furniture seemed bleak.
Yet Stickley was not to be abandoned – there were those who believed passionately in well-crafted furniture, like the Audi family. E.J. Audi had been the leading seller of Stickley’s furniture for years from his Manhattan showroom.
His son, Alfred, and Aminy, Alfred’s wife, were determined that the Stickley name, and its associations with valued, incomparable craftsmanship, should continue, and not slip away into memory. The Audi’s purchased the Stickley factory from Leopold’s widow, just as it faced closure. To the employees that remained Alfred gave his word that he would support them: “If you stick with me, I’ll stick with you, and we’re going to make this place move”. With this optimism, and effort of the employees, Stickley emerged into a brighter future and continues to thrive, as one of the most successful furniture makers in American history. Achieving all this, while continuing to manufacture in the U.S.A.
In the fall of 2007, Alfred Audi sadly passed away. The Stickley legacy is continued by his wife, Aminy, and son Edward.
Hand craftsmanship distinguishes Stickley furniture from other furniture lines. Each piece is constructed using the finest materials, including quartersawn white oak, wild black cherry, walnut, Ash and solid mahogany. The use of exceptional joinery techniques, such as:
– Exposed mortise-and-tenon joints
– Booksawn panels
-Side-hung and center-guided drawers
– Blind dovetails
distinguishes Stickley, from all others.
Stickley furniture is finished to the highest standard. A smooth, beautiful finish incorporating hand sanding and rubbing. The use of the most environmentally friendly lacquers, clear dyes and a hand rubbing application ensures the most lustrous finish you’ll ever see.
STICKLEY FINE UPHOLSTERY
Stickley Fine Upholstery is simply, the finest there is. An impressive variety of fabric choices to complement your personal taste, home and lifestyle. Traditional, sleek contemporary or casual exquisite comfort. Comfort and craftsmanship are infused in every piece we make.
Incorporating the following, but not limited to, unique construction features:
-Double doweled 5/4 kiln dried maple frames
-Marshall Unit Spring Backs ( Tight Sofa and Chair Backs)
-High Carbon Steel Hour Glass Springs for 8 Way Hand Knotted Support
-Steel Webbing to support Hour Glass Steel Network ( Hand Knotted)
Stickley furniture is a lifetime investment, an heirloom, that can be passed from one generation to the next. Something that very likely won’t ever end up in a landfill. Many feel, you don’t buy Stickley for oneself…you buy it for your grandchildren.
Ever Green-Ever Stickley
Furniture made in a manner that respects the world in which we all live. Incorporating sustainable timber. There is now more acreage of oak and cherry in America than there was a 100 years ago. This is in the real sense of the word is-Awesome.
Resource and energy efficient construction. Waste reduce to practically nothing as result of intelligent engineering and thoughtful construction.
..,Some of the factory heat is actually proved by sawdust.
Strong, long-lasting construction, high-quality materials, and designs that are both beautiful and practical, are the hallmarks of Stickley furniture. Stickley- built to last.