Mission style is a furniture design that uses clean
vertical and horizontal lines and flat panels to emphasize the grain of the
wood used. The simplicity of mission style furniture is in direct contrast to
the elaborate and ornate designs that covered every inch of Victorian-era
A.J. Forbes designed the first mission style chair in
1894 for a San Francisco church; the word mission references the Spanish
missions prevalent throughout California. New York furniture maker Joseph
McHugh copied Forbes’ chair and is responsible for popularizing the term
mission furniture. In addition to the Forbes chair design, McHugh also offered
other mission style home furnishings.
The history of mission style furniture traces its roots
to the Arts and Crafts movement of the mid-1800s. Originating in Great Britain
in the 1850s, the movement was a response to the loss of craftsmanship that
came with the mass-produced furniture of the Industrial Revolution. The
movement flourished between 1880 and 1910, spreading to the United States and
Canada in the late 1890s. Following a visit to England in 1898, furniture maker
Gustav Stickley incorporated the ideals of hand-crafted furniture and simple
design into the furniture he produced in his shops in New York.
Mission furniture, including mission
style bedroom furniture, has a simple, clean and rustic look and tends to
be large and heavy. Made from a variety of solid hardwoods, mission furniture
highlights the beauty of the natural wood grain. Maple, walnut, cherry, poplar
and oak all are conducive to use for mission style bedroom furniture as well as
kitchen, dinette and living room furniture; a range of finish options create
sleek, beautiful, hand-crafted furniture that fits any décor.
The straightforward designs used in mission furniture
does not mean mission
style bedroom furniture has to be drab or limited in options. Stylish
curves and grooved panels provide subtle elegance and decoration. Available in
a variety of designs, such as slat beds, four-poster, hidden, wall and panel
beds, mission style bedroom furniture features solid and inlay panels that
showcase the natural beauty of the hardwood. In addition to beds, our mission
style bedroom furniture includes chests, dressers, night stands, vanities,
armoires and mirrors.
The mission furniture we offer at MTB Artisans reflects
the time-honored artistry of solid hardwood furniture made with quality
craftsmanship. We are proud to combine a timeless American tradition with the
convenience of modern accessibility and offer our customers the rich heritage
of authentic American furniture.