Furniture in History

Leslie Piña, Furniture in History: 3000 B.C. – 2000 A.D. 2nd ed., Prentice Hall 2010

Oscar Triggs, a leader of the movement and founder of the Industrial Art League of Chicago in 1899, wrote that the machine had at least two positive effects on art. First, by turning out goods in such quantity, it created a demand, if not a need for art objects. … Second, the machine could do the dirty work – the boring and often dangerous operations – and free men and women to pursue more creative and satisfying jobs. The obvious pitfall was that greed and misuse of the machine for commercial gain was a temptation not easily resisted.


Americans were even less concerned with ideology or with class than the British. Anti-industrialism was far less attractive in a country with huge areas of largely unexplored wilderness than it was on a relatively small and well-populated island.


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