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The turn of the 20th century was an exciting to time for design – both in terms of furniture and other forms of art, such as fashion and architecture. The period between 1890 and 1910 is loosely regarded as the peak of Art Nouveau as a style. It was a period of flair, luxury and a certain romanticism, giving designers of the time an opportunity to innovate and express themselves in many ways.The joy of the Art Nouveau style is that due to the extremely intricate and extravagant nature of the items, each designer would create a unique piece. Each curved line, decorative motif and complex ornamental design was unique, and this resulted in a huge variety of items, some of which you can explore on Vinterior today.
Understanding Art NouveauWhile the overarching idea behind the Art Nouveau movement was one of grandeur and opulence in response to the academic art of the 19th century, each country (and the artists/designers living in them at the time) involved in the movement developed its own unique interpretation of what Art Nouveau meant to them.
In France, prominent designers such as Emile Galle and Louis Majorelle both drew upon nature to inspire their designs, and you will be able to see elements such as dragonflies, flowers and other insects in their work. This can be seen in items of furniture such as tables, chairs, chandeliers and floor lamps.
Art Nouveau Furniture Design InspirationIn Britain, the way Art Nouveau furniture was designed was much less elaborate than the items that were being created across the channel in France. Charles Rennie Mackintosh led the way with his austere and geometrical designs, which took advantage of simple straight lines and a more minimalist approach. Nevertheless, the stunning dining chairs, tables and sideboards created by such designers have the ability to add luxury and grace to any modern home.
Antique Art Nouveau Furniture for Sale at VinteriorThe Art Nouveau style took on yet another direction in Italy and Spain during the late 19th and early 20th century. In Italy, famous designer Carlo Bugatti designed the Snail Chair for the Turin International Exposition of 1902. In Spain, designer Gaspar Homar followed the lead of world-renowned artist Antoni Gaudi and designed works which were inspired by natural forms with touches of Catalan historical elements. These are just two examples of how the Art Nouveau flavour has been embraced in different ways to make this one of the most diverse and eye-catching styles of centuries gone by.
Why incorporate Art Nouveau style into your homeIf you believe that your home should be a lavish and sumptuous place, and playground for you to express your own creativity, then Art Nouveau could certainly be the right style for you. Bringing in ornate and lovingly crafted chairs and tables will undoubtedly add a wow factor to your home.
If you prefer to be a little more restrained and conservative with your décor then this doesn’t mean that you should shun Art Nouveau altogether. Add an Art Nouveau mirror with an elaborate metal frame to an otherwise neutral room and you can very quickly bring it to life. Or perhaps utilise a statement lamp in a corner of your living room to add that extra touch of character.
With hundreds of stunning pieces available all in one place, all that is left for you to do is choose the right one for your home. Search Vinterior today and find inspiration for your next interior project right here.