The Craftsman Bed followed the creation of our third distinct dresser style, the New American Craftsman pieces. The Craftsman Collection stemmed from a very strong demand in the early 1990’s for American Arts and Crafts products. There was a huge resurgence in popularity surrounding the style, architecture, home furnishings, and accessories (rugs in particular).
Oddly for us, the Craftsman Chest and Dressers were developed first, followed then by the bed, then our first attempts at living room seating in our Crofters Sofas and Chairs, and finally Dining Room Table and Chairs in the form of the Highland Collection.
Up until this time, we were working in six different woods, but the introduction of Craftsman resulted in our carrying Quarter Sawn White Oak, the wood that set the precedent for the Arts and Crafts Movement back in the late 1800’s. We later developed several stains that compliment pieces from an earlier era. White Oak is still a very popular wood choice for this style furniture, as is the Black Cherry we use. The Black Cherry wood affords the Craftsman design something we call a “new unit of time” for these period inspired pieces. The warmth of the Black Cherry, and its relative lightness in color, is a more relevant and perhaps appropriate wood choice for the Craftsman Collection and brings the collection into the modern times.
The Craftsman bed was made so we’d have a bed that looked good with this new Craftsman dresser style. The legs have a particular mass, at 2 ½” square, and the bed slats spaced with the desire to lighten the visual impact of the bed frame.
The design of the Craftsman (and Crofters) Collection is based in the presence of a strong leg, 1 ¾” square, from which the body is constructed from solid wood parts, floating solid wood panels, and 1” thick bars and blades. The result is a substantial cabinet, just a bit lighter looking than the original versions from 100 years ago.