What is Mission Style Furniture

  • Stickley Bookrack #74 reproduction
    Stickley Book Rack #74 Reproduction

Mission furniture was produced much later than Shaker furniture, around the end of the 19th century. Following the design principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, the term “Mission style” was coined by New York furniture-maker Joseph McHugh, who came out with a line of simple, rustic furniture inspired by chairs made for the Swedenborgian Church of the New Jerusalem in San Francisco. The church and its furnishings resembled the those of the Spanish missions throughout California. Another well-known furniture designer of the era, Gustav Stickley, launched his own line of Mission-style furniture, and so both the name and style became synonymous with quality craftsmanship and simplistic design.

We build our Mission Style Furniture with Red Oak or Quarter Sawn White Oak to remain true to the style, each board in your piece is hand picked to provide an good overall look. We hand makes,sand and stain all of our Mission Furniture and use traditional joinery in the construction of your piece. Our hardware is made from copper and other metals to keep it authentic.

Mission-style furniture is traditionally made from oak, with an emphasis on straight vertical and horizontal lines and flat planes that help accentuate the natural wood grain. Exposed joinery on Mission furniture brings attention to the craftsmanship.

The square legs of Mission-style furniture provide a heavier, more solid look. The abundance of vertical lines and slats common on Mission furniture add an ornamental feel, making the furniture look and feel powerful. W