24 December 2009

Craftsman v. Arts and Crafts

I think I figured our the door situation. We love the Soho interior door levers but not the front door set (too industrial). But I love the Emtek Arts and Crafts line, which Steve isn't wild about, except that we agree that the Arts and Crafts front door set (which I didn't show you last time but is shown below) is a better fit for our house than the Soho front door set. Since the interior door handles aren't keyed, they can be a different brand from the exterior doors without affecting the key count. So...Soho interior levers with the Arts and Crafts front door set.

(That's the outside part above; below is the inside part. Both will be satin nickel, which is shown below.)

Moving along...you may have asked yourself, what's this "Craftsman" and "Arts and Crafts" stuff they keep writing about? Craftsman and Arts and Crafts are styles of architecture that were common in the early 20th century in places like the Midwest but also appear in pockets across the western half of the country. (There are also Prairie and Mission styles, which are related, but I'm not going to get into that.) I'm no architecture scholar, but I'd describe the Craftsman style as having clean, simple features such as tapered wooden columns above stone bases, wooden brackets, and straight trim without curves or unnecessary detail. Arts and Crafts is similar but tends to be more ornate and includes more features that suggest that the house was built by hand. Lots of stacked river stone, more natural wood, exposed joinery, intricate carving and stained glass, etc., and often a heavier overall feel. The Gamble House in Pasadena is a classic Arts and Crafts structure:

Our style is definitely Craftsman. We love the clean, simple style. It's more versatile than Arts and Crafts -- can you imagine trying to incorporate modern furniture into this room of the Gamble House?

1 comment:

  1. Hi there -- I know I'm late to the party, but I think you made the right choice. :)