The Craftsman Fireplace...
A Standout Fire Space!

The Craftsman fireplace is back by popular demand!  Incorporating clean lines, sturdy structure, simplicity of form, and natural materials, a Crafts-
man Style fireplace mantel exudes quality and uncompromising  attention
to detail!

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Inglenook Fireplace at Historic Gamble House
(Photo Credit: Tim Street-Porter)



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The  American Craftsman Style  is  a descendant  of  the  British Arts and Crafts Movement.    In the U.S., the term  refers  to the style of architec-
ture,  interior design, and decorative arts  popular  between the dominant eras  of  Art  Nouveau and Art Deco,   or  roughly  the  period from 1910 to 1925.

Though  many  outstanding examples
of  the  style survive,  the legendary Gamble House  in  Pasadena,  Califor-
nia,  is  considered  a masterpiece of American Arts and Crafts,  or Crafts-
man, design.    An exemplary work of the  Greene brothers,  it  features  a number  of  striking fireplace designs, including  the stunning brick fireplace pictured at right.


Most Craftsman fireplace designs, however, were simpler and more typical of the example pictured below.    Made of beautifully grained quartersawn oak  framing  a tiled surround, the handcrafted quality and workmanship is readily  apparent  in the  finish and detailing,  including the carefully fitted wooden pegs on either end of the mantel shelf facing.

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Fireplace Tile pictured above by Clay Squared



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It is that quality of workmanship and attention  to detail that has brought about  today's  revival  of the Crafts-
man  Style . . . . . . . not only in fire-
place  design,  but  in other architec-
tural  elements  --  both interior and exterior  --  as  well.

A  renewed  appreciation  for  excep-
tional  detailing  using natural materi-
als,  such  as  that depicted at right
and  below,  has  made  the style im-
mensely popular, once again.

Design details pictured at right and below by TEA2 Architects.




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craftsman fireplace

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942), publisher of  The Craftsman  Magazine  and the leading proponent of Craftsman design in America, believed that built-in book-
cases and benches were a practical, if not essential, design element in Crafts
-man  Style  homes  and ensured that the house would not be completely re-
liant  on  furniture from outside.    The period drawing at right shows how the
fireplace  was  often  used to "anchor"
the  built-in  components,   as do the
Craftsman fireplace designs that fol-
low.




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Fireplace with built-in seating, above, by TEA2 Architects.


More Craftsman Fireplaces

The  two  rather  simple,  but  sturdy  fireplaces  shown below are typical Craftsman designs.     Once  again,  quarter  sawn oak is used, along with detailing such as corbels (brackets) and wooden pegs to reflect the hand-
crafted quality inherent in the style.

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craftsman fireplace




Splayed legs are another common feature of the Craftsman Style and add a bit of elegance and refinement to the designs, as shown in the following examples from Hazelmere Mantel.    The reproduction tile surround on the fireplace at bottom lends an additional authentic touch to the overall de-
sign.

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More Arts & Crafts/Craftsman Fireplace Tile Designs




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Another  authentic element of Crafts-
man fireplace design is the flared cop-
per  hood,  such  as that depicted in
the period drawings below.


The  reproduction  design pictured at right  is  a  beautiful  example  of the quality   workmanship  and  attention
to  detail  --  in  both  the metalwork
and  surrounding  woodwork  --  that characterizes  Craftsman  styling and design.





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craftsman fireplace




And finally, as shown in the two striking examples which follow, the overall composition  can  be  extended upward to include an overmantel to further enhance  the  design.    Note  the handcrafted quality and the exceptional attention to detail, particularly in the example shown at right, below.

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Design pictured above, left, from Hazelmere Mantel.


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