Relevant categories: Art Deco,Bronzes,Seating and Chairs
( Above Photo: Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet Vintage 1920s Chinoiserie )
The 1920s was one of the most defining periods in furniture design, making a departure from the old styles of the 18th and 19th centuries and making a connection to modernity. Coming soon after, the 1920s marked a period of prosperity worldwide. Homeowners used different furniture styles to decorate their homes.
However, period 1920s furniture was mainly available in three styles – art deco, arts and crafts, and early modern. Each of these styles sought to steer clear of the furniture styles from the preceding decades.
( Above Photo: Period Art Deco Wardrobe Closet Vintage 1930s Furniture )
Art deco is the quintessential style of period 1920s furniture, showcasing the kind of luxury that marked the prosperity of the roaring 20s. The art deco furniture style featured geometric shapes, including squares, rectangles, and other angular shapes.
The style was inspired mainly by cubist artists, including Duchamp and Picasso. As part of the decoration, art deco furniture featured lacquered finishes and silver-leafed, chrome, or mirrored accents, made possible by innovations of the 1920s.
Other lavish, exotic touches included tortoise shell that involved a coloring a piece of plastic to make it look like mother of pearl and a tortoise. There was also an oyster’s iridescent inner layer, defining the period of 1920s furniture. Designs on upholstery were mainly geometric and symmetrical with variations of diamonds, rectangles, and squares.
( Above Photo: Vintage Art Deco Console Table Inlay Roaring Twenties )
The arts and crafts furniture featured clean lines, and flowing curves, with the designs aiming to bring out the outdoors in the furniture. Arts & Crafts furniture, therefore, had a very earthy feel to them. besides, the furniture was durable and functional
Furnituremakers mainly used ok as the number one wood for making furniture in this style. Other materials used included woven rush, leather, and other natural materials. The furniture hardware was mainly made from iron or copper to maintain the earthy style.
Arts and Crafts furniture included window seats, bookcases, sideboards, and cabinetry. With just one piece of furniture, it was possible to store many items. Several furnituremakers produced individual pieces and also designed the rest of the interior décor.
( Above Photo: Vintage Art Deco Sideboard - 1930s Buffet Server )
Early modern furniture is a precursor to the mid-century modern style, which came soon after the Second World War. The early modern style borrowed a lot from the art deco and arts & crafts styles, which had clean lines, smooth curves, and smooth surfaces.
The materials used to make the furniture included woods like mahogany, rosewood, zebrawood, and teak. However, some furnituremakers utilized substitute materials, including metals, glass, and plastic.
The patterns used on chair upholstery were basic, and nothing standout! As part of the period of 1920s furniture, the early modern style carried on to the 1930 and 1940s, and morphed into the mid-century modern style.
If you intend to buy period 1920s furniture, you may get any of the three styles coming from that period. So, it is important to know which of the three furniture styles you want. If you are looking for furniture from the 1920s, we have several pieces in our showroom for your viewing. Be sure to get in touch.
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