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Today we’ll take a closer look at the Arts & Crafts design movement, a cornerstone of Room & Board’s aesthetic. Arts & Crafts design emphasizes rectilinear forms, handmade details and natural woods.

Arts & Crafts design emerged in the late 1800s and early 1900s as Victorian design became less popular. Victorian design is recognized by its gilded edges and carved details, purposefully distant from the average person’s tastes, needs and budget. Born in direct opposition to Victorian design, Arts & Crafts focused on creating handmade, functional furniture accessible to the average Joe.

That’s why Arts & Crafts is close to our hearts: it isn’t fussy and decorated, it’s honest and real. If you’d like to incorporate Arts & Crafts design principles into your home, look for rectilinear forms, handmade details and natural woods. Here are a few pieces that effortlessly embrace these timeless values.

Walsh extension tables

Inspired by classic farm-style tables, Walsh embraces Arts & Crafts design principles with its natural wood options, strong rectilinear lines and visible joinery details. Plus, the extension capabilities give it functional appeal.

Mills dressers

Our Mills dressers, also available as nightstands, are a warm and modern interpretation of Arts & Crafts design principles. Clean lines and meticulous craftsmanship let the beauty of the natural wood shine through.

Berkeley beds, dressers, nightstands

The gorgeous wood and clean lines featured in our Berkeley collection make a statement. Handmade in North Dakota, Berkeley is a true testament to American craftsmanship and Arts & Crafts design principles like rectilinear forms, natural woods and handmade design.

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