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THE SPANISH MISSION STYLE FURNITURE HISTORY
The 1920s saw American craftsmen incorporating designs of the French “Art Nouveau” and traditional Japanese styles into distinctly one-of-a-kind furniture. The tension between inventing new styles and accommodating the American taste for practicality resulted in one of the great successes in American furniture. The Spanish Mission Style Furniture.
Spanish Missions, established on the West Coast by Franciscan missionaries, possessed a distinct style: a mixture of straight angles and arches, plain stucco-walls and red-tiled roofs. The simple, practical beauty of these Missions translated into unique furniture pieces. As a result, the Missions found massive appeal with people from all walks of life.
Gustav Stickley became the first to mass-produce Mission style furniture. As a result, success was immediate. Stickley, therefore, expanded the Mission furniture line. Eventually creating a line of wicker furniture that met with great popularity.