Art glass was a staple of this time period. Not only used in windows, but in door insets, hanging light fixtures, and lamps. In fact, the colored stain glass of the windows, and the dark colors of the wood in the room created a greater need for direct lighting, which encouraged the use of table lamps. A well-known manufacturer of art glass was Louis Tiffany of who you may have heard from the name “Tiffany lamp.” Designs of objects found in nature were likely selections for stained glass windows. Many high style American windows depict fruit. Natural scenes reflected the interest in floral realism. The realistic scale of the designs in the glass was intended to cause viewers to feel like they were standing in a garden, or sitting on the limb of a tree.
John Bradstreet was a predominant craftsman in Minneapolis. Working out of the Minneapolis Crafthouse, he was an influential “taste-maker” in his pursuit of more avant-garde ideas. On multiple occasions, Bradstreet visited Japan, which influenced his designs, and led to the development of his unique style of woodworking. Japanese influenced design began to emerge from the Arts and Crafts movement as a whole. Bradstreet found it very important to preserve the integrity of the handcrafted tradition.