The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. Arnold J. Toynbee
Work and Play
We are blurring the lines between work and play. And that can happen only when one finds a job one loves. For when something you love becomes work, it fundamentally, for the better, changes the way you live your life – with gusto!
Here’s to all those men and women who work and play, and live their lives with passion.
When a man’s home is born out of his heart and developed through his labor and perfected through his sense of beauty, it is the very cornerstone of life. Gustav Stickley
This same passion surrounds the Stickley family in Manlius, New York. It began 120 years ago with Gustav Stickley who designed and created a new line of furniture that came to be called Mission Furniture. His idea was that furniture should be honest and simple, natural wood, what-you-see-is what-you get, quality construction.
Gustav Stickley loved what he did. He hired the best craftsmen and utilized designers like Henry Wilkinson and LaMont A. Warner, and later, Harvey Ellis. He started a magazine to expound his philosophy called The Craftsman and hired Susan Sergeant as managing editor and layout designer. Gustav Stickley then went on to found the Craftsman Farms in Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, New Jersey, as a school for the Arts and Crafts movement.
But perhaps the best story about Gustav Stickley’s love for his business came from his grandson, Gustav Stickley III, who as a young boy watched his grandfather and recalled, “I used to watch him draw his hand across a piece of wood and you could see the reverence in the hand,” he said. “That’s where I learned my love of wood and the feel of it when it has been properly preserved.”
Gustav Stickley may not have whistled while he worked. He was a quiet man, who took pride in the accomplishments of others. He was after all a mentor. He enjoyed what he did and wanted to pass on the love to others.