Although many people believe that mission style furniture, noted for its' simple horizontal and vertical lines and basic flat panels that bring out the natural grain of wood, came from the missions of the old West. In actuality the style was born out of a desire for less ornate furniture that was the Victorian style and an alternative to mass produced pieces that were being made at the beginning of the industrial period at the turn of the century in the United Stated.
Most mission style furnishings were made of oak and although they appeared to be hand made, a great deal of it was made in factories. It's simplistic and rather rustic look gave people the impression it was hand crafted, and as you can see it does seem rather plain and simple.
That is the beauty of this style of furniture, clean lines and depending on the finish and wood type it can enhance most any decor. Mission style furniture also scales very well to smaller spaces such as dorm rooms and apartments. Throughout the course of this blog I will be posting a number of patterns I have come across as I search the internet and talk to furniture builders.
Feel free to "steal" the plans I leave here for you. If you do get ambitious and build a piece from the collection I ask you to return with pictures and links to your site so we can share and enjoy the beauty of mission style furnishings.