Art Nouveau is a style that some people want to mix up with Art Deco, but below we will show you the difference. Art Nouveau (“new art”) was very popular between 1890 and 1910 and was inspired by round, organic shapes like the flora and fauna. Let’s have a look.
In the style of Art Nouveau
The movement was born for a reason, an opening for a new philosophy; art should be a way of life. Soon many wealthy people in Europe lived in an Art Nouveau inspired home, from furniture and fabrics to jewellery and even cigarette cases. Now we see a lot of that time period coming back: peacocks, botanicals and elegant shapes. The next images are very Art Nouveau, even the stair rails are curved.
Shop lamp: Candy Wall Lamp
Art Nouveau Wallpapers
Back then the peacock was already an inspiration source for many artists and designers. The beautiful feathers and elegant look the ultimate source. The come-back of these style periods make us realise the importance the eclectic historic revival styles of the 19th century and Modernism.
Shop left wallpaper: Cascadia by Schumacher
One of the most important artist of the Art Nouveau style period was William Morris, who helped to initiate the arts and crafts movement. The wallpapers of today by Morris & Co fit perfectly in the Art Nouveau style, see for example the beautiful Pimpernel wallpaper below.
Shop right wallpaper: Pimpernel by Morris & Co
Art Nouveau Furniture
If you look at the history of Art Nouveau furniture, you see the creators worked a lot with polished and varnished fine finishes. Because of the curving shapes this was a complex way of making furniture, which made this style tend to be expensive. Recall important designers like Antoni Gaudí and Josef Hoffmann.
The most obvious differences with Art Deco is that the Art Nouveau is more curved and elegant, instead of bold and geometric shapes. Hopefully this new knowledge about the elegant Art Nouveau style period is useful to you.
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