Last updated on March 11th, 2022 at 10:07 am
Vermont Woods Studios was founded on two core principles- a desire to protect the world’s forests and a reverence for high quality craftsmanship.
Over the years, we’ve added a handful of Vermont craftsmen to our offerings, all of whom design furniture and decor that is beautiful, high quality, and uniquely their own. However, it’s hard to ignore the influence that some of America’s most prolific designers have had on the furniture designs produced today.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” -Isaac Newton
Here are some of the most renowned American furniture designers of all time, which continue to inspire craftsman all over the world today:
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is one of the most well-known architects of all time. He is often referred to as the “father of organic architecture” for his work to pioneer and define the concept. Throughout his career, Wright designed more than 1,000 structures, many of which remain historical icons.
Although he was best known for his work in designing buildings, he also made significant contributions to the field of furniture design. Inspired by the mission & craftsman movement of the early 1900’s, many of Wright’s designs included the vertical rectangular cuts seen so often in the furniture of that period. However, Wright went beyond the established designs of the American Craftsman era, infusing his own signature style into chairs, tables, and more.
During the later stages of his career, Wright’s furniture designs would evolve from distinctly craftsman into what would help to define the style now known as mid-century modern.
Read more about Frank Lloyd Wright.
If the name Gustav Stickley sounds familiar, it may be because Stickley is one of the most recognizable names in American furniture. Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) was a furniture maker, visionary designer, and influential publisher that was a key driving force in bringing the Arts and Crafts movement to America in the early 1900s. His furniture designs largely included what has become known as mission style furniture—although, Stickley detested that term and preferred the name “Craftsman Furniture.”
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Adrian Pearsall may not be as widely recognized as other furniture designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, but his contributions to the world of design have not been forgotten. After founding Craft Associates in 1952, Pearsall went on to become one of America’s most prominent furniture designers during the “Atomic Age” of mid-century modern stylings. Pearsall was perhaps most known for his glass top tables with walnut wood bases.
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Lawrence Peabody was an architect, interior designer, and furniture designer who made significant contributions to the world of design during the mid- to late- 1900’s. Most known for his use of walnut, Haitian influence, and innovative designs, Peabody’s work was sold by nationwide brands like Sears and Kohler, as well as notable retailers like Richardson-Nemschoff and Craft & Associates.
Read more about Lawrence Peabody.
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles & Ray Eames were a married couple who designed one of the most iconic pieces of furniture ever made- the Eames Chair. The pair had a ~30 year career designing and building furniture in the mid-1900’s, roughly from 1940-1970. They were perhaps best known for their use of plywood, and specifically the way they molded it into chair designs.
Read more about Charles & Ray Eames.
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