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Stickley’s Craftsmanship Endures Through The Years

Stickley American made furniture.

A new year is always an exciting time, filled with hopes and the chance to rejuvenate our lives and spaces. At Ennis Fine Furniture, we understand the importance of revitalizing your home, and this January, we’re proud to feature Stickley, one of our premier American furniture makers, as a perfect choice for this endeavor.

Stickley Furniture, with over 120 years of expertise in furniture design, is a testament to enduring craftsmanship. Operating primarily out of New York, Stickley Furniture ensures that over 90% of their products are American-made, a mark of quality and sustainability. Their commitment to using only the highest quality materials is evident in every piece. For instance, the white oak used in many Stickley pieces is cut parallel to the tree rings, enhancing the wood’s strength and durability. Their classical design methods include crafting with quadrilinear posts, center-guided drawers, detailed cross rails, and keyed tenons. With skilled craftsmen attending to every detail and finish, Stickley furniture is not just a purchase but a lifelong investment in quality.

This year, we’re excited to showcase some of Stickley’s latest additions to our collection at Ennis Furniture. The Dearborn Wood-Frame Sofa, an epitome of comfort and craftsmanship, features a superbly crafted exposed frame of American white oak, finished with traditional through-tenon joinery. Its rich grains and radial carving elevate any living room with an air of sophisticated comfort.

For the bedroom, consider the Whitehall Sleigh Bed. This beautiful sleigh bed, available in cherry or mahogany, features gently curved rails and a high, arched headboard displaying stunning veneers. Its traditional elegance is a fitting centerpiece for any bedroom seeking a touch of timeless grace.

Organizing your space is also a breeze with the Revere Seven-Drawer Dresser. It offers ample storage with seven drawers, undermount slides, and a beveled top. The attention to detail, from the bottom dust panel to the tapered post base, reflects Stickley’s dedication to quality and durability. You can customize this piece with any Origins by Stickley finish and curated hardware to match your style.

2024 also marks the arrival of Stickley’s 25th commemorative piece—the 2024 Collector Edition Mission Rose Cabinet. This versatile and compact piece is ideal for a variety of uses, from an entry cabinet to a miniature bar. With the option to select any Stickley oak finish, it’s a seamless addition to your existing décor.

If you’re looking to upgrade your home but need some guidance, our Ennis design professionals are ready to assist! Together with our experts, you can create a living space that’s not just stylish but also a reflection of your dreams and aspirations.

Visit Ennis Furniture today to explore Stickley’s exquisite collection and start your journey to a refreshed and revitalized home in 2024.

 

Stickley Furniture: Still Made in the USA

Stickley living room furniture, made in the USA

Stickley Furniture: Still Made in the USA

Last entry we discussed the timeless heritage designs that are still being produced by the Stickley Furniture Company, one of our partners in providing exceptional quality here at Ennis Fine Furniture. The company, then owned by the Stickley family, underwent a restructuring in the 1980s when the Audi family stepped in and took over for the next generation of Stickley craftsmen. Still proudly made in the USA, Stickley Furniture Co. continues to promote the Arts and Crafts movement as a distinctly American tradition, limiting the size of its workforce to help preserve, manage and fiercely defend every one of its disciplines on craft; a work culture so passionate it proudly embodies their motto of “to the best of my ability” in every piece it produces. These traditional practices have helped keep Stickley true to its mission statement, but it hasn’t kept the company from expanding its collections and keeping its design profile fresh.

Take the Park Slope Collection. This expansive range began as an update of the classics found in the more traditional Stickley Mission Collection, but it soon morphed into a juxtaposition of modernization and craftsmanship. At first glance, the curves and repeating lines are reminiscent of the Pasadena Bungalow series; the oak spindles take your eye up and down the back of the chairs, bedposts, or settles, giving off a tall, regal appearance. Instead of harking back to the subtle warmth of a more natural wood stain, Stickley has opted to showcase many of the Park Slope pieces in a vivid black sheen. This modern retelling allows for the oak grain to be brooding and dark for times when natural shadows dominate in the room, while also letting it shear off in bright, brilliant refractions when shone in some overhead illumination. The modernization of the Mission look has simplified curves in some places, dramatized negative space in others, and overall has streamlined the movement into an almost minimalist feel. It gives the appearance of a design that’s been beautifully distilled, reduced to only the essential parts needed to pull your eye in from the sensory overload of modern life.

So, if you’re on the lookout for American-made furniture–pieces of exceptional quality and craftsmanship–then it is definitely in your best interest to see what the Stickley brand, motto, and life are all about. Take a trip down to an Ennis showroom, cast your eyes onto one of these inviting designer chairs and let them linger peacefully for a bit, tracing the black-lacquered hemispheres and polished dramatic angles of the Park Slope Collection until you’re ready to plop down in one and experience the greatest feat Gustav Stickley and Co. ever pulled off: making an art form out of simply sitting down.

Proudly made in USA. Made by Stickley.

Stickley Furniture, living room set, made in the USA

Proudly made in USA. Made by Stickley.

To many Americans (and certainly other folks around the world), “Made in the USA” was a phrase once so ubiquitous that it became synonymous with quality of the highest order. For a time, it was the standard for the world. While the emphasis on peerless craftsmanship may still be true, finding this pride adorned on products of any kind today is sadly becoming a more and more difficult task. As this continues to happen, it undoubtedly rarifies the process of things being distinctly American-made. As a citizen of this great land, one cannot help but feel both connected to this sense of pride during our celebrations of Independence, and equally distanced from this notion as many of our homegrown manufacturers, services providers, and other bastions of the industry have more recently sought residency overseas.

That is why Ennis Fine Furniture takes immense pride in being able to offer a long-lasting partnership with one of America’s oldest and most revered furniture makers still operating within the US today: Stickley Furniture Co. What began as the Gustave Stickley Company in 1898, Gustav Stickley and his brothers created a legacy of fine craftsmanship galvanized by a motto in their native Flemish, “Als Ik Kan”: to the best of my ability. Stickley used this principle as the root of their philosophy, while also adding an honest simplicity to his work, favoring pragmatic design and quality of materials over the ornate details and gaudy finishings of the then-popular Victorian and Queen Anne styles. His modernization of the craftsman style made his designs emblematic of the Arts & Crafts movement, so much so that it continues to be popular to this day. For over 120 years, Stickley has continued to be the source for top quality, American-made productions of Mission and Arts & Crafts furniture.

The Mission Collection, first reissued during the company’s restructuring in the late 1980s, has buoyed the Stickley revolution and has been their flagship vehicle for decades. Expanding and contracting since then, the Collection hosts a variety of new pieces but also has the distinction of offering original designs from Harvey Ellis, Elbert Hubbard, and Gustav Stickley that were part of the company’s original catalog over 100 years ago. The Roycroft pieces, some designed by Elbert Hubbard as early as 1906, are a hallmark of the collection. The Roycroft Tabouret for example; a smart and sturdy cocktail table made from solid oak, shares the function-over-form discipline that Gustav Stickley insists be a part of anything that should bear his family’s name, with slick, incognito tongue-in-groove joints, a rich texture of oak grain and the Roycroft’s Orb seared into one side. The Orb, once a medieval symbol signed by monks at the end of a manuscript to indicate one’s best work, was repurposed by Hubbard and given a grand letter R to represent Roycroft, a term itself lent to a carpenter’s work that was actually built for a king. Thus, where ‘fit for a king’ came from.

To see how Elbert Hubbard’s goal of bringing exceptional furniture–craftsmanship truly ‘fit for a king’–to the market was accomplished in his Roycroft designs, visit an Ennis Fine Furniture showroom today!

Dress Up Your Home- Ennis Furniture Will Help

Holiday Living Room

Dress Up Your Home

Ennis Furniture Will Help

When December comes rolling in, with its numerous holiday festivities and general year-end checklists to be fulfilled, it can be hard not to feel swept along by the current that brings it. It’s no wonder why the scheduling of this time of year leaves a lot to be desired, at least for the level of preparedness it can require. It’s the big leagues, for sure. To a kid, however, this is all a theme park ride of sorts: enjoying the winter break, counting the days down, and letting life flow from one ugly-sweater party to the next. We were all living the yuletide dream while our parents fretted over the countless winter parties, who would host them and what would be consumed during our youth.

Now that we’re older, it’s us who’s asking if we should add a second deviled-egg platter to our spread (the answer is always yes, in case you were wondering) or if the guest bedroom has been properly prepped for the in-laws’ arrival. You’re on your own with the eggs, but the task of readying a spare bedroom for even the fussiest of guests is the bread-and-butter of the Ennis Interior Design team. With your next available moment of free time, come down to our showroom and take a stroll through it; you’ll find our award-winning crew have put together some sets that encapsulate the ideal ‘home-away-from-home’ aesthetic, incorporating warm, natural woods and inviting designer patterns that your guests will wish they could dress up in and wear home.

Or, if buying a whole set right now doesn’t agree with your limited December time table, perhaps starting simply with a single piece might be the ticket for you. Adding a striking piece to an existing set will extend the freshness of the room until you’re ready to do the whole thing over, preferably during a time of year that isn’t so relentlessly hectic. A stately Stickley chair to accent the guest bed, or even, how about ditching the kids’ table this year and merge your family into one unit on a lush and roomy Haverford Dining Table? Or to many other tables like it. From now until December 24th, Ennis Fine Furniture is offering up to 50% off one piece of furniture from nearly every brand and corner of the store (with few exceptions.) Even 40% off your favorite Stickley pieces! Whether your task this holiday season is to find the perfect bedroom set, or discover your family’s new dining table, this sale can begin that journey, even if it is just one piece at a time.

Heirloom Furniture

Stickley Heirloom furniture

Heirloom Furniture

If you have ever spent longer than five minutes with an elderly relative, they’ve more than likely issued you a series of whimsical phrases that most often you find either amusing, outdated, or downright confusing. ‘The early bird catches the worm’, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so on. Despite the age of some of these charming sayings, the occasional nugget of truth can still be found within. One phrase often heard repeated is, ‘they sure don’t make them like they used to.’ You’d think that with the almost supernatural pace of technological advancement coloring our modern world that things built today are not only not at all like they used to make them, but perhaps better in every single way. Homes are more energy-efficient, cars are built with safety as paramount a feature as the body and mechanics, and communication has been streamlined from a dozen industries and services into a single device that can fit in the palm of your hand.

In this Jetson-esque kind of life, what could possibly be better from a time long ago? If you need a minute to sit and think about it, do so and you might find yourself literally sitting on the answer: furniture. Furniture production, like most other products created today, has become so computerized and hyper-fabricated with lightning efficiency to the point that the items we buy are built with only a transitory lifespan in mind. That is, they are only built to survive until the next great trend comes along. But once we’ve found that great new thing, the furniture we’ve had for but a few years gets unceremoniously donated or repurposed through the recycling process, and even by that time, the expiration of quality on these pieces is evident: chipped corners, peeling fabric and wobbly legs aplenty. So what type of furniture is impervious to the fads of our time? What furnishing invokes the phrase, ‘they sure don’t make them like they used to?’

Harkening back to times spent with your elders, you may have noticed they never seemed to follow the back-and-forth, ups-and-downs of ‘fashionable’ pieces of furniture and likely have hung onto the stuff you’ve always known them to have had. That’s most likely because the quality and history behind those pieces prevented them from finding anything appealing in a showroom. It’s a combination of those elements that define what is commonly known as ‘Heirloom Furniture.’ Heirloom furniture is revered not only because of the story they tell of being passed down from generation to generation but because their build quality was set at such a high standard from the beginning to ensure that they would, in fact, be handed down for decades, perhaps even centuries later.

So what makes a piece heirloom-quality? To separate the hordes of heirloom-imitators from works of fine craftsmanship, one must become a sleuth of sorts as modern production processes have garnered manufacturers the ability to mimic heirloom types quite well, but a few keen tips will help any who may be in search of true woodworking mastery. Typically, heirloom pieces have three things in common: attention-to-detail craftsmanship, fine wood materials, and timeless, elegant design. Shelves, drawers, and joints will be both screwed and glued together; most often in a striking, ergonomic pattern like a dovetail. The wood, if original and well-kept, will be prominently displayed, seldom stained, and never painted. It will have matched grain flowing in opposite directions to give the piece stability and the power to expand and contract as the seasons change, something that was mass-produced in a factory could never achieve.

So, is heirloom quality furniture still manufactured? The answer is yes! We invite you to take a look at Stickley as a perfect example of heirloom quality furniture that can be acquired new today.

If you’re looking to begin a modern-day ‘heirloom’ journey with a new piece for you and your future kin, Ennis Fine Furniture has numerous brands that still abide by these time-tested, hand-crafted techniques and incomparable standards. Stop by and discover some of the craftsmanship your children’s children will be marveling over for years to come.

Man Cave Must Haves for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking up a special gift for the men in your life. This year, instead of the photo keepsakes, sports gear, fishing poles, and camping accessories, how about you try something new: give the gift of a man cave. We’re not talking dartboards and mini-fridges in the garage. No, this year Dad deserves a space that is as mature, entertaining, and unique as he is. This year, spoil the man in your life with a mature man cave, a sophisticated space that will show him just how much you appreciate all he does and who he is.

Must Have #1: The Comfy Couch. Dads work hard, and play hard. Whether it’s a long day at work, raking and mowing the lawn, constant household projects and honey-do lists, or practicing baseball with the kids, it seems they’re always on the go. When it’s finally time to take a break, a big, leather, overstuffed couch is the answer. The Hooker Furniture Carlisle Power Motion Sofa is all that and more. In addition to the highest-quality red leather, this must-have piece of furniture also reclines. What says relaxation more than reclining leather after a long day? Finish the couch off with some Surya Accessories decorative pillows and an Otso  throw to up to comfort and add a touch of style.  Want to share the sofa with your closest friends and family while you watch the latest action thriller?  The American Leather Comfort Theater sofa with Infinity System™ allows dad and guests to independently adjust their seating in infinite ways that offer supreme comfort.

Must Have #2: The Bar & Game Table. No man cave is complete without a bar. Take the typical bar cart to the next level for the Father’s Day man cave with the I.M. David Bar and Game Room Blackjack Bar. This shapeshifting staple piece transforms from elegant bar to blackjack table with ease, making it an ideal piece for any occasion. Add some I.M. David Bar and Game Room Bar Stools to really give this space an upscale pub feel. Don’t forget the finishing touched. Global Views Ribbed Decanters are elegant yet masculine decoration pieces, and are also the perfect solution for storing whiskey, scotch, or water.

Must Have #3: Entertainment is Key. Whether it’s watching the big game, playing a video game, or settling in to watch the evening news, an entertainment center is absolutely a necessity in any man cave. The Stickley Home Entertainment TV center with shelving is an excellent choice. Not only does this piece fit a TV that will meet Dad’s viewing needs, but the shelving serves as an ideal place for Dad to showcase all of his photos, pieces or art, and collections from Father’s Day past. Set it up with his favorite keepsakes ahead of time for a real Father’s Day surprise that won’t quickly be forgotten.

Must Have #4: The “Grandfather” Clock. A tall clock is surely a staple in any upscale man cave space. Stickley Furniture’s Ashville clock is an impressive piece that is sure to make an impact in the room. The Asheville clock is derived from a towering floor clock that stands in the legendary Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. This piece will truly make this room stand apart.

Must Have #5: In the Details. The perfect finishing detail for the mature man cave is a carefully crafted, quality floor covering. You can’t go wrong (and Dad will agree) with the Stickley Dahlia floor covering. This piece has it all, from quality materials to intricate design details, and the color palate is just right for Dad’s special space. Complete the décor of the space with a rustic touch. Incorporate some Uttermost Hoyt Wooden Wall Panels to really give Dad a modern rustic feel.

Remember, when creating the perfect space for the man in your life this Father’s Day, strike a balance between function, style, and comfort. Most importantly, be sure to have the man in your life check back to the Ennis Fine Furniture site before Mother’s Day for tips on creating a home retreat space just for you!