Of Mica and Men
Craftsman is the energizer bunny of revival styles — it just keeps hopping into another decade. Originally an early 20th-century success story, it has been undergoing a robust renaissance for the last thirty-plus years. Just look at the cornucopia of Craftsman style products available today, the best of which express connections to nature and the hand-made:
From the Oak and Mica Table Lamp at Arts and Crafts Tile, above, to the vivid geometric ceramic based on a rug Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the Hoffman house, below (also from Arts and Crafts Tile),
to rugs themselves, such as this Tiger Rugs example from Modern Bungalow:
To vases — see the Curled Fern from Door Pottery below.
And what about clocks.
Don’t forget those Elbert Hubbard or Gustav Stickley-inspired motto plaques (these gents helped found and popularize the American offshoot of the Craftsman Movement in the early 1900s), like this one from Arts and Craftsman Woodworks:
You can even have a Craftsman bird feeder:
The Dragon Fly design is from Modern Bungalow — call it a “tweeter feeder” and then twitter about it!
The Craftsman bungalow has seen an equal surge in popularity as homeowners look for comfort and character within smaller spaces while making the most of limited resources. Simple gable roofs, extended eaves, exposed rafters, front porches, and easy garden access are important architectural attributes. Brooks Ballard, the newest designer in our Signature Collection, has carefully studied the Craftsman bungalow and updated it for modern living.
His Hayes design (Bungalow Plan 461-3, above) is especially appealing. A useable 8-foot deep front porch sets the tone.
Inside, the living is contemporary, with an island kitchen that opens to both the dining area and family room.
Or consider his Dillon (Foursquare Plan 461-2, below), a classic four-square design.
Again an ample entry porch creates a neighborly stance.
The plan includes a rear breakfast area and screened porch, and a hint of formality in the butler’s pantry between kitchen and dining room. With a Master’s in Architecture from Georgia Tech and a Master’s in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics, Brooks knows how to put houses together to form thriving pedestrian-oriented communities. And he takes a “green-build” approach: Home widths are based on 4-foot increments for less waste during construction. Bump-outs are kept to a minimum. Roof lines are simple. It’s efficiency with a heart and soul — hey, that almost sounds like a Craftsman motto! Welcome, Brooks, it’s great to have you on the team.