It’s still dark outside, the dog’s in bed, and the eyes are closed. The night before, I partied late. I drank too much and sang that familiar old tune. If you were in the army, you remember it – Irving Berlin’s song about that hated bugle boy and the dreaded reveille:
‘Oh! how I hate to get up in the morning
Oh! how I’d love to remain in bed;
For the hardest blow of all, is to hear the bugler call;
You’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up this morning!
I have to remind myself, I am not in the army anymore, and I don’t have to get up, I don’t have to get up, I don’t have to get up in the morning.
Gustav Stickley started a revolution at the turn of the 20th century with his New Mission furniture. It wasn’t called mission then, that would come later. It was an American Arts and Crafts design with a focus on craftsmanship. His notion was that furniture should be “honest and simple”. What you see is what you get. Materials should be natural.
Gustav Stickley used solid construction, what-you-see-is-what-you-get joinery, and the highest quality woods from North American forests, solid oak and cherry. But that would not have been enough if Stickley didn’t create enduring designs that reflect the lifestyle of Americans.