A Berkeley Arts and Crafts Furniture Gallery

Earthly Basics is a Berkeley Arts & Crafts furniture gallery, specializing in Mission, Amish, Shaker, and Modern style furniture, a perfect fit for the California Bungalow.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”—William Morris

Born as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and over-done detailing of the Victorian era, the Arts and Crafts movement was more than design—it was a political, philosophical lifestyle. It stressed simplicity, honesty, and integrity of form and function. Fine craftsmanship, quality woods, superior finishing, and clean lines were the hallmark features, combined with a search for the traditional values of simple sophistication and hospitality. The use of local craftsmen and indigenous woods such as Quarter-Sawn Oak and American Cherry, are an important part of these values.

The highly aesthetic design movement known as “Arts and Crafts” has been immensely popular in California since the early years of the 20th century. Inspired by Shaker styling, California Missions, and a touch of Japanese woodworking, the eclectic mix became the epitome of Americana. The style is mostly known through the work of American architects and designers such as Gustav Stickley, Charles and Henry Greene, Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and in Great Britain,
Charles Mackintosh.

Earthly Basics celebrates the Arts abd Crafts movement and embraces these simple principles; exceptional service, beautiful hand-crafted furniture, and excellent prices.