Learning Art Nouveau & Art Deco Designs and Design Elements

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Forum topic by newTim posted 01-19-2010 09:28 AM 4895 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2010 09:28 AM

Anyone know a good reference for learning the key design elements of Arts Nouveau & Deco in furniture?

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 03:12 PM

Heres a site with some good pics of Art Deco furniture.

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 06:10 PM

The last time I was at the Gamble House, there was an annoying art history student asking the docent all kinds of annoying artsy-fartsy questions about Art Nouveau being the antecedent of Greene & Greene.

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 06:30 PM

maybe oversimplified as he says, but rick3ddd hit it right on the nail.

as far as G&G, it looks to me like their style is more closely fitted with art deco – the cloud motifs, cutouts, etc all have a much more “rectangular” quality than the whiplash curves of art nouveau.

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 07:47 AM

Here is a source for some examples of Art Nouveau furniture to go along with Icemizer’s Art Deco link.

I often find it instructive to compare design styles as they are expressed in a highly defined item, since there is less variation in form due to the restricted program requirements. Below are two versions of a tea service one in the Art Nouveau style and one in the Art Deco style.

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