HISTORY AND VALUES
Stickley Contract carries on the tradition and ethic of our parent company, L. & J.G. Stickley, which has crafted furniture of superior quality and design since 1900. Gustav Stickley laid the foundation with his vision and design, while his brother Leopold built a thriving business that included smart manufacturing innovations and a dedication to contract work—outfitting schools, colleges, and even World War II naval ships—while continuing to produce residential furniture collections.
The Stickley Brothers
Our story began with three words: “Als Ik Kan”—to the best of my ability. Gustav Stickley marked his product with this old Flemish craftsman’s phrase to assure customers that Stickley furniture was of the finest quality.
The Stickley brothers burst into international prominence in the early 20th century with their Mission Oak designs. These were based on the notion that furniture should be “honest”—a reaction against the fake joinery, unnecessary gaudiness, and shoddy workmanship of many of the pieces created in the early days of industrial furniture making. Instead the Stickleys used solid construction, what-you-see-is-what-you-get joinery, the highest-quality woods, and clear-dye finishes that allowed the natural grain to sparkle. The brothers showed a genius for design by creating hundreds of new forms that were beautiful, practical, exceedingly strong and long-lasting, and perfect for the new ways American families wanted to live.
The Audi Family
After the Stickley brothers passed away, the legacy was passed to the Audi family. At his Manhattan showroom, E.J. Audi had for years been the leading seller of Stickley’s unsurpassed furniture. His son Alfred, and Alfred’s wife Aminy, were unwilling to let Stickley become a relic of the past and decided to purchase the factory when Leopold Stickley’s widow was on the brink of closing it. Alfred promised the couple of dozen employees then remaining that “If you stick with me, I’ll stick with you, and we’re going to make this place move.” Together, they rejuvenated the company. Alfred Audi passed away in the fall of 2007, but the Stickley legacy is continued by his wife Aminy and son Edward.
Enduring tradition, superior craftsmanship, an unshakeable philosophy of excellence—these values are the bedrock of the Stickley ethic, and the reason that Stickley produces America’s highest-quality hardwood furniture and fine upholstery. Each piece is made with honor, integrity, and pride.