From Issue 94, Summer 2017
Fedde Furniture Celebrates 80th Anniversary
In 1937, at the tail end of the Depression, an optimistic and
energetic young couple, Arnold and Ellen Fedde, opened a furniture store in East Pasadena. Despite tough times, the business thrived using a formula of quality, value, and exceptional customer service. That formula for success continued as their children and then grandchildren took over running the company. Fedde’s two showrooms provide quality traditional, transitional and mission-styled furniture, including a grand display of Stickley furniture, at great value and with top service.
Arts & Crafts Landmarks in New Woodblock Series
In Japanese the word “Meisho” roughly translates as “famed places.” The term connotes more than just a place that is well known—it describes landmarks that gained a place in history through poetry, literature, theater or visual art. The well-known woodblock prints of Japanese landscapes by 19th century artists Hokusai and Hiroshige, for example, celebrate legendary spots of natural beauty in Japan. Inspired by the lasting power of their art, contemporary artist Yoshiko Yamamoto is now creating a series of her own Meisho woodblock prints, this time depicting Arts and Crafts landmarks. Available now are: “Grove Park Inn” in Asheville, NC; “Castle Green” in Pasadena, CA; and “Craftsman Farms” in Morris Plains, NY.
Arts and Crafts Press
Art Tile Inspiration
Take a closer look. That Arts and Crafts tile you admire … is not a tile at all. It’s a painting! Artist Julie Leidel of The Bungalow Craft uses acrylics and molding compounds on hardboard to create one-of-kind masterpieces inspired by the pottery and tiles of Rookwood, Marblehead, Grueby, Van Briggle, Newcomb, Saturday Evening Girls, Teco and others. First, Leidel creates the background texture, then, using a syringe, she adds high relief design. Once dry and sanded, the “tile” become a canvas where paint pools in the newly created reservoirs creating stunning art. She adds antiquing to intensify the period feel. Paintings in her Art Tile Series include mottos celebrating awareness of self and nature. Leidel takes commission work.
An 11″ × 14″ original painting (including a beautiful quartersawn oak frame) starts at $495.
The Bungalow Craft
Inspired by the legend of the stork, the Sophia Chandelier, designed by Samuel Hilliard, brings light to the room with simplicity of line and beauty of natural materials. Three pendants made of cast-bronze each cradle an oval basin of kiln-formed glass. The pendants bathe a room in light while making a statement of style.
This fixture debuted in 2017, and is built upon Hilliard’s heritage in Craftsman style. For 40 years, Hilliard has produced handcrafted artisan lighting. Our team of skilled craftspeople make each piece in our bronze foundry and glass studio in Arcata, California. Each signed and numbered piece is of heirloom quality.
Copper: Hand-Hammered Warmth
Copperware brings a warm glow to Arts and Crafts bungalows, its hand-hammered beauty blends beautifully with oak furnishings, art pottery and textiles of the era. There’s a richness about copper—not just the gleam of its distinctive orange-red, or its ever-changing patina, but also its historical roots stretching back thousands of years. Cobre Copper is proud to partner with artisans in Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico—a village with a copper tradition more than 500 years old. Since 1994, Cobre has worked with local coppersmiths, who heat the metal in a bonfire then work with hammers to craft one-of-a-kind pieces. The flame, ash and soot produce
a chestnut heat-patina finish. All copper is reclaimed scrap—very earth-friendly—and Cobre is a fair-trade company.