The Gamble House, also known as David B. Gamble House, (constructed 1908 - 1909) is a National Historic Landmark and museum in Pasadena, California, USA.
It was designed by the architectural firm Greene and Greene, brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, as a home for David B. Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company.
Originally intended as a winter residence for David and Mary Gamble, the three-story Gamble House is a residential ark commonly described as America's Arts and Crafts masterpiece, whose style shows influence from traditional Japanese aesthetics and a certain California spaciousness born of available land and a permissive climate. Arts-and-Crafts architecture was focused on the use of natural materials, attention to detail, aesthetics, and craftsmanship.
Rooms in the Gamble House were built using multiple kinds of wood; the teak, maple, oak, Port Orford Cedar, and mahogany surfaces are placed in sequences to bring out contrasts of color, tone and grain. Inlay in the custom furniture designed by the architects matches inlay in the tile mantle surrounds, and the interlocking joinery on the main staircase was left exposed. One of the wooden panels in the entry hall is actually a concealed door leading to the kitchen, and another panel opens to a clothes closet. The Greenes used an experienced team of local contractors who had worked together for them in Pasadena on a several previous homes, including the Hall brothers and Marbella brothers who are responsible for the high quality of the woodworking in the house and its furniture.
The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California.
William Morris (24 March 1834 " 3 October 1896) was an English architect, furniture and textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
Born in Walthamstow in east London, Morris was educated at Marlborough and Oxford. In 1856, he became an apprentice to Gothic revival architect G. E. Street. That same year he founded the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, an outlet for his poetry and a forum for development of his theories of hand-craftsmanship in the decorative arts. In 1861, Morris founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti which had a profound impact on the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. Morris's chief contribution was as a designer of repeating patterns for wallpapers and textiles, many based on a close observation of nature. He was also a major contributor to the resurgence of traditional textile arts and methods of production.
Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868"1870), A Dream of John Ball and the utopian News from Nowhere.
Not As Well Known As William Morris Or Gustave Stickly - Architects Greene And Greene And The Marbella Brothers NKA Scottsdale Art Factory Was Raising The Bar Even Higher In California In 1900
Scottsdale Art Factory carries on the American Arts And Crafts Movement of the 21st century,
in the same way William Morris and John Ruskin (founders of the Arts and Crafts furniture movement in circa 1800 England) inspired Gustave Stickley (founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement) in America circa 1900. Frank Loyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene (inspired architects of the ultimate cottages such as the Gamble House in Pasadena California
) are credited with raising quality standard to its highest level in their day. All of these great master craftsman also inspired the Marbella Brothers in the early 20th Century (founders of SAF circa 1913).
Every creative enterprise is always built on a foundation that was laid down by its predecessors. Creative people are also dependent on the groundwork laid down by those who came before them. H. J. Nick, artist and direct descendant of the Marbella brothers, and Scottsdale Art Factory have built on these foundations and have raised the bar of quality even higher. Thus setting a new standard and offering the finest one of a kind handmade furnishings found anywhere in the world in the 21st century.
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As Shown: Lodge Style Hand Carved Wilderness Theme Love Hide A Bed Color: Natural Semi Gloss - Exotic Cedar - Light To Medium Distress - 38"D X 38"T X 60"L. This hide-a-bed sofa is hand hewn then pegged and doweled from solid blocks of cedar and carved by a master craftsman to mimic real tree limbs. It features a twin hide-a-bed with mattress and spring support and mar proof leveling feet. The comfortable hide-a-bed folds neatly into the base of the sofa in three easy steps. In the stored position it functions as the base support for the cushions, which are made with high density foam in your choice of fabric or leather upholstery. It is fully finished in five coats of hand rubbed clear lacquer over natural wood and includes mar proof leveling feet. Please specify high gloss, semi gloss, or matte finish.
As Shown: Lodge Style Hand Carved Wilderness Theme Sofa - Light To Medium Distress - 84"L X 38"D X 38"T. Featuring a custom, hand-carved wilderness back panel, this sofa is built from solid, 100% natural cedar. Pegged and doweled for durability and completely finished with five coats of hand-rubbed lacquer, it offers unmatched style and longevity. The log frame is 5" round with a 3" thick back panel, and is topped with a carved branch design. The cushions can be made to order in your choice of materials, ranging from the finest quality leathers and hides to the most luxurious fabrics and fillings. The wood finish is also available in a wide assortment of colors and stains.
As Shown: Lodge Style, Hand Carved Wilderness Theme Arm Chair, Color: Natural Semi Gloss - 38"W X 38"D X 38"T. As an individual piece or in a set, this custom carved arm chair perfectly compliments any wilderness decor. Combining natural wood construction with our artisans finely detailed craftsmanship, these chairs are both stylish and comfortable. Pegged and doweled, 100% natural cedar with a hand rubbed lacquer finish, they achieve heirloom quality. The main frames are 5" round with 3" thick back panel that are hand carved with heavily detailed wilderness scenes and are topped with a hand carved branch designs. Cushions are available with your choice of upholstered fabrics or leather and included mar proof leveling feet.
Details As Shown: This custom furnishing has been hand hewn by draw knife to shape from natural air dried exotic cedar solid timber. All carving designs are a solid part of the main structure (no glued up or add on design pieces or veneers). Design carvings appear on all sides of our furnishings allowing them to be used in the middle of a room as well as against a wall. All surfaces including the backs are finished and made of solid wood.
All Sofas Include Tedlar Suspension that will never become weak from repeatedly sitting in the same spot.
Finish Details As Shown: Color: Natural Semi Gloss - Peeled Log Apperance
Our final finish processes includes five to ten coats of hand rubbed furniture quality clear oils or water based non-toxic lacquers. It is applied, cured, rubbed and re-applied depending upon whether your order is limited edition or old growth original works. Every surface of this furnishing is finely finished including the undersides and hidden areas.
These furnishings are built to investment family heirloom quality and are finished to be virtually maintenance free and will stand the test of time. You may choose the natural color, from over 400 standard stain colors or we will computer color match to any color stain you may desire. Most of our finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single stain color or texture finish at no extra charge. If raised grain finish is desired, the wire brushed raised grain of the natural cedar is designed to appear rustic and aged, however this is a highly finished, snag and splinter free surface.
Ultimate Comfortable Seating, Resting And Effortless Exiting
most production sofas are built for appearance only with little regard for structure, usually resulting in a swallow you effect and a break down in cushion structure if set in repeatedly in the same place. As the sofa breaks down you work harder to remove yourself. Not only is this type of sofa unattractive it is uncomfortable. Properly built solid wood frame sofas will stand the test of time and deliver comfort every time as well as durability.
We Build Furnishings Any Size And Style
Most log furniture is built with semi cured lumber taken directly from the forest. Many of these furnishings are not structural even though they would lead one to believe they are at first blush. Most log furniture will simply bow and warp as it dries and shrinks from the controlled environment of your home. Adding extra weight such as sitting on it will assist in this undesirable process.
The reason is usually the instability of the lumber.
These natural logs will usually continue shrink 20% to 35% more once they are in the environment of your home. This allows the slip joints to shrink and almost always bow and twist. If the weight of your mattress were also being supported by these semi cured logs it could add additional bowing and warping.
This of course makes most of these natural log beds, that appear to be quality furnishings, eventual firewood.
Tools Used To Make Beds From Logs
We include this link so you may get a real understanding of our comparison. Because useing these tools you can not make quality furniture that will stand the test of time.
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Hand Carving Information:
Important details about the kind of carving you can expect when you order from Scottsdale Art Factory.
Colorized Carving. You can order any carving colorized. In order to achieve a colorized carving, multiple stain colors are used. The stains are hand applied and blended with an artistic eye to achieve an enhanced natural appearance.
All Steel Is Coal Fired, Hammered By Master Blacksmiths The Old Fashioned Way And Patina Finished.
At Scottsdale Art Factory, we take pride in our traditional, superior quality workmanship and craft our products from only the finest steel. Our master blacksmiths have been classically trained, and utilize old world techniques such as coal firing, anvil hammering and hand forging to create the finest handcrafted hardware available anywhere. All of our steel work is hand patina finished by heat applying iron oxides to achieve a natural patina finish that will stand the test of time.
Nothing is Drop Forged. We create works The Old Fashioned Way using solid hand forged steel, (drop forging is a poor quality, casted copy of a hand forged work of art). Nothing is wrought iron; wrought iron is simply a softer and less sturdy form of metal that cannot compare to stronger hand forged low carbon steel.
The kind of hand forged metal work you can expect when you order from Scottsdale Art Factory.
Patina Finish As Shown: Various Colors Of Hand Applied Iron Oxide Patinas.
Our beautiful patina finishes are hand applied using a special patented process where oxides are bonded into the metal at over 1000 degrees. This permanent finish beautifies with age. S.A.F. does not paint or faux finish any of our iron creations. Paint fades, chips and cracks over time and patinas last forever. No Drop Forged Casted Copies. No Paint Or Powder Coated Finishes. limited edition or original works.
Every surface of this furnishing is finely finished including the undersides and hidden areas.
Each item is finished to be virtually maintenance free and to age with grace.
All steel parts are hand patina finished the old fashioned way by iron oxide hand applied with high temperature heat. We never powder coat or faux paint our steel, it has been proven paint and powder coating methods do not hold up over time. You may choose from many natural iron oxide colors. Our patina finishes are water based and earth friendly. You may order any single color or texture finish at no extra charge.
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We Guarantee Each Item "Forever" " No Questions Asked, backed by over nine decades of fine craftsmanship.
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Handmade Sofas & Chairs
- Size - custom size, shape
- Style - modern, classic, contemporary, etc.
- Covering - fabric, leather
- Seat Cushions - down wrapped feathers, soft, medium, hard
- Feet - color, style, size
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Custom Furniture Makers - Scottsdale Art Factory
Scottsdale Art Factory, a custom furniture, door, gate, and handmade furnishing manufacturer based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Designs by H.J. Nick, have been designing and building some of the world's finest furnishings all hand crafted in America since 1913. Most of our clients want a furnishing that has a big WOW factor and timeless elegance. They all want investment value furnishings that makes a proper statement reflecting their personality, or the personality of the environment for which the designer custom furnishings are intended.
Designer Leather Furniture
We only use the best Full Grain Leather available from American tanneries. Full-grain leather or top-grain refers to the upper section of a hide that previously contained the epidermis and hair. The hair and the epidermis have been removed from the hide/skin. Full-grain refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed or snuffed (otherwise known as Corrected) in order to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide, although is never perfect. The grain remains in its natural state which will allow the best fiber strength, resulting in greater durability.
The natural grain also has natural breathability, resulting in greater comfort for clothing. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a natural patina and change in its appearance over time with some cracking and splitting. The finest leather furniture and footwear are made from full-grain leather. For these reasons only the best hides are used in order to create full-grain or top-grain leather. Fine art high end fabric is available for all custom furniture. Order your designer furniture hand made custom for you at Scottsdale Art Factory - call 1-800-292-0008.
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