When looking at any form of art, whether it be furniture or fine art, you tend to focus on the overall lines the final piece creates. One of my favorite genres of design is Art Nouveau because of its fluid lines and the organic quality it has. Originally created by the French as the “New Art”, this particular style was represented from the years of 1890- 1910. It emerged as a movement which gave extra importance to ornamental features and these techniques influenced how designers approached the aesthetics of design and art at that time.
Unlike the current more simple, straighter lines of today , interiors from this period were created with detail in mind. Many original rooms had wood paneled walls and staircases which featured ornate hand carved designs. Art Nouveau rooms were not the only things that were influenced by this style. The furniture pieces themselves usually were their own piece of art which added to the organic quality of the room. Check out some images below to understand how rooms and furniture from the Art Nouveau movement may have looked.
Art during this period followed the same ornate quality. A particular French artist who pronounced this movement in his designs was Toulouse Lautrec. Known for his Post-Impressionist paintings and Art Nouveau illustrations, he created a look that most would recognize in modern day aesthetics. Don’t be fooled into thinking he was the only one who was creating this type of design since other artists such as Manuel Orazi and Theophile Steinlen also produced pieces which influenced this period in France as well.
Although this look seems to be dated for those who have contemporary tastes in interiors, there is very much a contemporary flare to the design concept. Created in a world where it was racy to “step out of the box”, the artists created a new movement which implemented movement in design. Today’s current designers feature these designs on fabrics and wallpapers to create a more eclectic look for the modern interior.
Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we pay attention to detail, making us very similar to the designers who originally designed Art Nouveau interiors and art. We are proud to be very detail- minded and innovative when it comes to upholstery and design. Many things in the world have changed throughout time, but for almost 35 years we have stayed consistent in our desire to produce a quality product which will be able to withstand decades of use, much like the design work of the Art Nouveau movement. If you have enjoyed learning about this movement and wish to further your education in art, I recommend visiting the Dallas Museum of Art: Poster of Paris: Toulous- Latrec and his contemporaries exhibition. There you will find many posters which were created during this movement in art. This particular exhibition is great place to bring the whole family because once you have completed the tour, there is a “create your own poster” section which the whole family can enjoy!
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Written by: Erica Guajardo
Edited by: Linda Decuir
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