I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.
– Donna Karan
The sun in shining and I can’t wait to get outside today for some Saturday walking, talking and shopping.
First, I wanted to share some furniture styles with you that may be more prevalent in your day to day travels.
What is here an now you ask? I have broken down these styles so they are a bit more specific (fall in a timeframe) but you can tell there is a bit of overlap. For some styles there was no hard stop just a natural progression into a new flavour of furniture.
I would like to get my hands on some Danish pieces and maybe a unique art nouveau treasure in the future. Right now I am totally digging the shabby chic look which is a style of furniture that has a distressed look and emphasizes the different layers that make up a timeworn piece. Most of the shabby chic items I have discovered have fallen within the one hundred year- old mark.
Art Nouveau Style 1880-1910: Dynamic, asymmetric shapes, no straight lines, some tropical hardwoods used, decorative crosspieces, patterns or motifs of natural forms like trees, florals, curvy waves, leaves and branches. Some say little works of art!
Art Deco Style 1918-1940: Angular sleek lines, geometric shapes & patterns, modular, forward looking and a bit of an industrial feeling.
Scandinavian Contemporary Style 1930-1950: Utility driven, Danish and Swedish, light-weight, warmth, nature inspired and quality craftsmanship.
Mid Century Modernism Style 1945-1965: Organic curves, simple & sleek lines, timeless, not very ornate, elegant, functional and a mixed use of materials defined this style.
Post Modern Style 1960-1970: Contemporary, Structural elements, sculptural shapes, slight décor, pops of colour, ergonomic, comfort and classic designs. Some post modern pieces I have come across appear to have a retro feel.
Modern Style 1970-Present: Industrial, raw, artistic, minimalist, geometric, polished metal, little ornament, neutral tones with pops of vibrant colour, crisp and strong design.
Happy hunting furniture lovers! Don’t forget to read Part 1 which touched on the earlier “more antique” styles of furniture.
Part 3 of this series is coming soon and will be all about architects & designers that made a name for themselves and classified their own furniture styles. I wish I had a furniture style and period named after me – wouldn’t that be awesome?