The Morris Chair - An Arts and Crafts InvestmentBy Bailiegh Basham · August 29, 2018
Mission Style Morris Chairs | Arts and Crafts Morris Chair
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Why is the Morris chair still relevant today? This popular chair design has come a long way since being named “the first recliner”. A staple of Arts and Crafts furniture style, the comfortable chair is equipped with an adjustable back and dates back to the 19th century.
Since its inception in the 1860s, the Morris chair has changed the meaning of comfort making it one of the most widely loved and produced pieces of furniture in the modern era. The Morris chair was first popularized in the mid 19th century by the Morris & Company and later updated in the United States by Gustav Stickley, founder of the American Craftsman Movement. Our Amish handcarfted chairs most resemble Stickley’s redesign, an updated classic for the modern home. Over the decades, this chair design has remained a favorite among chair enthusiasts, designers, and Craftsman homeowners alike.
An unmistakable design, the Morris Chair is crafted from real wood with both a seat and back cushion. Most commonly, this timeless chair is crafted from Quartersawn White Oak with a golden hardwood furniture finish (such as our Burnished Honey or Terra Cotta wood stains).
Several different interpretations have been created - some are bow-armed, flat-armed, and slant-armed models, even cushioned-armed versions.
The Morris Chair reclining mechanisms is delightfully low-tech. It is not equipped with any levers, springs, sensors; it functionals with pegs inserted into holes in the arms. As the sitter, you must take yourself around to the back of the chair to make adjustments.
This sturdy wooden chair with cushions is built along straight, spare lines – reflecting the essence of the Arts and Crafts movement and blending seamlessly with your existing furniture. The Morris chair was a simplified iteration of the traditional form, with a rectilinear shape, flat angled arms, thick leather cushions, and of course the reclining back. Today, Countryside Amish Furniture's Morris chairs can be seen in traditional Craftsman style houses to modern luxury lofts and everywhere in between.