Friday, August 9, 2019

The Rustic Style

In 1935, a design document from the Civilian Conservation Corps defined the rustic style of architecture as one "which through the use of native materials in proper scale, and through the avoidance of rigid, straight lines, and over-sophistication, gives the feeling of having been executed by pioneer craftsmen with limited hand tools."

In the field of lettering during the Golden Age of Penmanship, "rustic" tends to refer to letterforms that seems to have grown naturally. Sometimes the letters are rough-sawn.

Rustic furniture also looks as if it grew naturally and as if it was made by hand with simple tools. There has been a revival of the style among builders like Daniel Mack, who made the chair above.
Making Rustic Furniture


Lucille said...

Very interesting. Thank you!

Newt said...

There was a mid-nineteenth century "rustic" style popular in England as well, which while somewhat similar in philosophy to the CCC's "parkitecture" was considerably more ornate, because, you know, Victorians.