In 1894 a furniture maker named A.J. Forbes was commissioned to build a chair for the Swedenborgian Church of the New Jerusalem in San Francisco. Forbes patterned his design after the simple, rustic style prevalent in furnishings found in the numerous Spanish missions that populated the San Francisco area at the time. A year later, a New York furniture manufacturer and retailer named Joseph McHugh copied Forbes’ design and by 1898 was offering a full line of Mission furniture for sale.
Originally the Mission furniture style was popular only until around 1916, as the inferior mass-production methods employed at the time contributed to its ultimate demise. In recent years, the Mission furniture style has experienced a rebirth, in large part due to many consumers’ desire for a more simplistic furniture design. Today, Amish master craftsmen are capable of producing extraordinary Mission furniture that offers a highly desirable combination of elegance and durability.
Characteristics of the Mission Furniture Style
Mission furniture is distinguished by its straight-line, rustic style, reminiscent of the much simpler time when it was first created. Simple horizontal and vertical lines are typical characteristics of the style, along with flat panels that accentuate the wood grain. Cherry, oak, and occasionally maple are normally used in the construction of Mission furniture, providing the superior durability that is hallmark of these pieces. Variations of the basic Mission style include Riverview, Cambrai, Antique and Siesta.
AmishOutletStore.com: Your Home for Elegant Amish Mission Furniture
AmishOutletStore.com offers a complete selection of beautiful handcrafted oak Mission furniture and cherry Mission furniture for the bedroom. Choose from individual pieces such as beds, dressers, chests of drawers, armoires and nightstands, or combine them to create a fabulous bedroom set. In addition to hardwood options that include, oak, cherry, Q.S. white oak and maple, you can also pick from a wide range of distinctive stain colors to complement your unique home décor.
Long-Lasting Furniture Made in the USA
Every Mission furniture piece available at AmishOutletStore.com is made in America by Amish craftsmen who consider quality the number one priority. No particle board, pressboard or Masonite-type materials are ever used in the production process, only solid woods of the highest quality. Amish furniture-making techniques have been passed down through many generations – no mass-production techniques or shortcuts are ever used in the process.
We invite you to explore the beautiful Mission furniture from AmishOutletStore.com. Check out popular categories for mission furniture including Dining Room Sets, Bedroom Sets and Entertainment Centers. Experience the difference that elegant styling and superior craftsmanship can make in your home!
testimonials Chris in El Dorado Hills, CA
I have purchased a beautiful custom oak dining table where the builders put on a slightly different leg and cut the width of the table down to meet my room specs. We had a slight problem with the top but it was quickly replaced and i could not be happier. The table, extra leaves, and 12 chairs is perfect! I recommend AOS to anyone who wants quality and a family piece that will last generations.