Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sarah Lanigan, Stickley Museum

This April, Sarah Lanigan, curator and executive director of the Stickley Museum in Fayetteville, New York is coming to Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Wichita for a special event. We would like to picture the event as thrilling, exciting, and fascinating. And it will be, but not like this.

Instead, Sarah will charm us with a presentation on the history and style of Stickley, America's foremost name in furniture. Since 1900, when Gustav Stickey first created his iconic New Furniture, Stickley has represented the best in design and craftsmanship. It all began with the Mission style. This furniture reflected Gustav Stickley's ideals of simplicity, quality construction, and truth to materials. The grain of the quarter-sawn oak wood was emphasized and the mortise and tenon joinery exposed because Stickley believed this is what nature intended. The design innovations of Gustav Stickley' brother Leopold, and designer Harvey Ellis have both contributed to the rich legacy of Stickley Mission. Over the years, many of the Stickey pieces, including the Gustav Stickley Morris chair, have entered the lexicon of furniture styles. Auction values for early pieces have soared, but Stickley is furniture to be enjoyed now and forever.

Today the Stickley Furniture story includes other styles such as Pasadena Bungalow, based on the styles of the Greene and Greene brothers of Pasadena, California, as well as Traditional, Modern, and 21st Century.

There will be refreshments, gifts, and plenty of chairs to sit in, but we recommend that you make a reservation, for these events are always popular. This will be a daytime event in both stores. We will post the times as soon as possible.

And if you are a fan of the Antiques Roadshow, but haven't been able to get there to find a value for your ancient piece of Stickley, here is an opportunity to ask what your piece of Stickley is worth.

Stickley, you buy it because you like it, and find that over time it is a decision to enjoy. Are you wondering how to get your favorite piece of Stickley?

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