The Evolution of Rustic Industrial Furniture

Sep 20th
Vintage Industrial Office Furniture

Rustic Industrial Furniture – The evolution of the major movements of furniture design in the 20th century began as reactions to what artists perceive as the limiting and claustrophobic character of the culture and customs of Victorian society. Movements were also revolts against the industrial revolution. Some movements resulted in decorative and ornamental furniture, while others led to the production of articles, more mass production practices.

The Art Nouveau movement began in the late 19th century and lasted until the second decade of the 20th century. It developed in Europe and North America. Art Nouveau is an elaborate decorative style influenced by the shapes and lines in nature. Artists developed furniture in the period as a revolt against the strict culture of the Victorian era. The intricate design of the stained glass windows, cabinets, chairs, mirrors, lamps with patterns of stylized curves and images of dragonflies, stems, irises, herbs, snakes and animal forms typify period pieces.

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The style of the mission was a part of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement that developed in England. Mission style furniture has clean and simple lines in contrast to the elaborate designs of Art Nouveau pieces. The ornamentation of mission furniture is minimal. Simple decorative elements are usually influenced by the Native American images of the Southwest. The style became very popular in that region of the country and influenced the architecture of the artisan style houses. Solid flat panels are used to build furniture from the mission of wood such as oak, mahogany, and cherry.

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