Art Nouveau furniture, popular during the late 19th and early 20th century, is French for ‘new art’. Influenced by Rococo style and the Arts and Crafts movement. There are two styles, European with its elegant lines inspired by nature and the stricter style heavily influenced by Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
When art nouveau was showcased first in Paris and then in London, there was very mixed opinions; people either loved it or hated it. The style itself as mentioned before of two distinct looks: curvy lines and the more austere, Some aspects of art nouveau were revived again in the 1960s, think of peacock feathers, and Tiffany lamps and the style immediately comes to mind.
The different styles consisted of:-
- vertical lines and height
- flowers, leaves, roots, buds and seedpods
- sinuous, elongated, curvy lines
- the whiplash line
- the female form – in a pre-Raphaelite pose with long, flowing hair
- exotic woods, marquetry, iridescent glass, silver and semi-precious stones
Renowned for quality and immediately recognizable, Art nouveau furniture can grace any home or interior. Many designers are synonymous with Art nouveau; Hector Guimard, William Morris, Antoni Gaudí and René Lalique to mention a few. The department store Liberty & Co in London popularised the style in Britain.
We stock both reproduction and original antique pieces of Art nouveau furniture
Superb quality antique items are available, the photographs below are just some of the Art nouveau furniture past and present:-
Art nouveau furniture