MILWAUKEE -- Brian Kramp spent the morning at the Custom Cottage -- where they create custom mission style furniture made from northern hardwood trees that are milled in Michigan and Wisconsin, kiln dried to furniture grade, built and finished in Wisconsin.
About Custom Cottage (website)
In the late 1800’s furniture was heavily influenced by the Victorian period. Details and curves created intricate looks and patterns. Much of the furniture was being mass produced in new furniture factories. William Morris, Gustav Stickley, the Shakers, and others began a movement to return to the craftsmanship of a simple clean design they called Mission, Craftsman, Arts and Craft, and Prairie styles. Today furniture is engineered with compressed woods and veneers, cut by computer operated equipment, leaving out the role of the craftsman. We find ourselves where William Morris and other found themselves a century ago. We have chosen to return as they did to the craftsman and to a simple and clean design.