I believe furniture should first and foremost be practical, but there is nothing wrong in wanting a piece to be highly functional and pleasing to the senses.
I am more than happy to design in the style of a specific period, for example: Arts & Crafts, Shaker, Art Deco/Nouveau, Chippendale etc. Give me a challenge!
I thoroughly recommend you pay a visit to my workshop, either before you commission me or during the construction of your project. This is always very exciting and worthwhile.