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Art Nouveau Design - An unhistorical term

Before Art Nouveau and especially up until the the Bauhaus experiment, the term "design" for what we mean today (everyday objects in a un unusual beautiful shape) did not exist.

The term is associate with luxury, today. Buying "designed" items such as Alessi's or Foppapedretti, Stokke is an expensive purchase. But not quite if you think of the Ikea brand.

Art Nouveau design is, in my opinion, associated with the following qualities which in turn render the style:

  • Lines and curved line-drawing (I immediately think of vector garphics here)
  • Nature as inspiration: leaves, plants, objects
  • Happy colours and cheerful color combinations
  • Associated typography
  • Use of news natural materials (e.g. new glasses, shells, steel) combined with traditional materials (wood, iron, stone).

 

I associtaed design with objects only, so no paintings and prints.

Therefore, I refer to furniture, glass objects, buildings and architecture.

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