Art Deco Furniture Design HIstory

The Art Deco furniture movement started in France as a way for design to move away from foreign influences and to abolish the curve while using new colors. In the 1920s furniture design was considered a secondary or lower art form while painting was considered fine art.

Stores Wanted Influence
As a result the furniture designers started new organizations to exhibit their work in salons. The department stores also wanted to change the existing system of carrying whatever the designers brought forward. The stores started to develop their own design houses to fashion design what the stores felt would sell the most to their customers.

Quality and Style
The modern look was in style and the designers could be grouped into three major categories Traditionalists, Modernists, and Individualists. The quality of the furniture was superior with distinctive and lavish pieces.

New Materials Used
The materials used in furniture making also changed. The use of metal such as wrought iron and glass were both incorporated into designs. Simplicity became the most fashionable. This was a challenge to designers to now combine these new materials in furniture with new industrial methods. The result was traditional lacquer work with ultra-modern angular forms and rich veneered surfaces.

Significant Changes in Art Deco Furniture
The use of new materials for furniture continued to develop for less expensive pieces. Tubular steel furniture began to appear and was accepted, usually in the kitchen first but soon spread to other rooms. This was a huge departure from the royal styles of the past and gaining acceptance was a huge change in attitudes at the time.

Mass Production Influences
Art Deco furniture design took on other new forms at the time including concepts such as functional design and use of mass production. The idea of Utopian interior spaces was also explored as was functionalism, a type of furniture that was angular and skeletal, simple construction usually in black.

Bauhaus Design
The German Bauhaus architects had a major impact on international design in the 1920s and 1930s but change in furniture design was influenced from designers throughout Europe at the time.

Other Art of Interest

Art Deco Jewelry
Vintage Art Deco jewelry is one of the most exciting areas of antique art development. It started in France using geometrical design forms and bright colors.

Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art has Psychedelic art, Bicycle Art, King Kong Art, Photography Art, Lowrider Art, Graffiti Art, ASCII Art, Life Magazine Covers, and Landscape Art.

Psychedelic Art & Album Art
Psychedelic Art & Album Art advertised music and concerts and a lifestyle with LSD.

Bicycle Art
Bicycle Art started in paintings and posters but in reality includes the beauty of bikes themselves as artwork.

Life Magazine Covers
This collection of glamorous Life Magazine Covers has Robert Redford, Johnny Cash, Route 66, Christian Dior Dress, Ballroom Dancers for sale.

Photography Art
Photography Art has a rich history with Edward Steichen, Yousuf Karsh, and Aperture Magazine; today's digital cameras, stock agencies turn computers into "darkrooms".

Landscape Paintings
The landscape paintings art gallery features a variety of styles, places and colors that should not be missed.

King Kong Art
King Kong Art is inspired by the greatest monster in motion picture adventure movies. The final scene with Fay Wray on the Empire State building in New York is a classic.

Graffiti Art
Create your own colorful graffiti art by typing in your text and save the image to your computer free.

ASCII Art Gallery
The ASCII Art Gallery is more than symbols because it is communication in text and other ASCII art small messages that expressing emotions.

Lowrider Art
Big selection of lowrider art posters prints.

See Doug's Art
To check out artwork (including sexy shoes) by Doug Dourgarian and see more links for his online art gallery click here for his web gallery of art .

Click here to leave Art Deco furniture for more links to artists and their online art galleries, art prints and art posters. Browse the links found at the bottom of Home Page.

Other Pages of Interest
Be sure to see more of Doug's Shoe Art in the High Heels Gallery .

The Andy Warhol Art information can be found on this page.

The California Art pages can be found on this page.

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