History of Styles -Regency

SOCIAL HISTORY After his father fell ill Prince George became the country’s acting monarch, distinguished as Prince Regent, and this period of time became known as the Regency era. There were noteworthy changes in society and the economic landscape within Britain as well as a wide divide between the high class and the lower classes…

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Marie Antoinette Style

The impact that the Queen of France had on decorative arts was significant and it ushered in a ‘golden age’ of French art and design during the Neoclassical period. Originally from Austria Marie became Queen at the young age of 19 and was infamous during her time in the monarchy for lavish spending, frivolous extravagance…

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History of Styles- Herculaneum & Pompeii

The excavations of ancient Italian towns, Herculaneum and Pompeii, had a profound effect on architecture, design and the decorative arts around Europe. After the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, these towns were covered in ash but miraculously perfectly preserved. Pompeii was officially discovered in 1738, where ancient treasures and artefacts such as furniture,…

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History of Styles- Empire

SOCIAL HISTORY A period of time defined by the declared emperor Napoleon and his regime over France. Following the French Revolution there was political conflict and disorder and after the abolishment of the monarchy there was space for new authority – Napoleon Bonaparte seized this opportunity to rise through the ranks. During what was known…

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History of Styles -Restoration

SOCIAL HISTORY An era (1660 – 1702) characterised by the re-establishment of the monarch and a modern political direction following Cromwell’s commonwealth and the end of the civil wars. Charles II returned to Britain after being exiled to Europe. An altered form of government was established, including the return of bishops, and Charles II laid…

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Memphis Style

Founded in 1981 Milan, Italy by Ettore Sottsass, The Memphis Group integrated designers and artists that produced unique and ground-breaking fabric, furniture and ceramics. A style characterised by bold, brash patterns and clashing colour palettes, Memphis seemingly responded to customary design and trends preferring to generate any type of reaction, good or bad. Pushing boundaries…

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History of Styles- Neoclassical

SOCIAL HISTORY George III acted as monarch between 1760 – 1820, and was the first Hanoverian king to speak English. During his reign British society and politics underwent vast changes that began to shape a new direction for upcoming years. Crucially, Ireland merged with the rest of Britain after the Act of Union, and we…

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Minimalism

Minimalism emerged during the modernist movement, with a reaction against overindulgence and the exclusivity of the art and design world, instead focusing on the notion of ‘less is more’. Architect Miles Van Der Rohe was one of the initial innovators of this design aesthetic with refined skyscrapers, the use of ‘new’ high quality materials (concrete,…

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History of Styles- Queen Anne

SOCIAL HISTORY Although a short period of time in history, during Queen Anne’s reign two monumental events occurred sealing her significance in history. Firstly there was the ‘Acts of Union of 1707’ in which England and Scotland merged, forming the beginning of the United Kingdom. Secondly, there was the end of the War of Spanish…

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Art Deco

After the end of the Industrial Revolution, designers, architects and artists were progressively looking forward into the 20thcentury for ‘something new’. With modern life increasingly more technologically and mechanically focused, the Art Deco movement (also called Style Moderne) launched with the first decorative arts exhibition since WW1: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes…

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History of Styles- Gothick

An architectural style that emerged in the Middle Ages, Gothick has re-emerged  in design movements through the years. In particularly in the early Georgian period, Gothick was merged with Rococo and Chinese Taste. The evolution in technology during the middle ages meant architecture took on a fresh and innovative guise, with progression in stonemasonry and…

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Scandinavian

A LITTLE HISTORY Within the realm of the modernist movement and minimalism, Scandinavian style was formed in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. These countries had experienced a far calmer and more settled political and economic climate during the 20thcentury. A humanist and composed approach to design was produced with clean lines,…

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History of Styles- Louis XIV Baroque

SOCIAL HISTORY A time characterised by the accumulative power and authority of France within European politics, Louis XIV is infamous for guiding in an era of extreme opulence and an arrangement of investment and authoritarianism. After the death of his father King Louis XIII (1601 – 1643) when he was only 4 years of, his…

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History of Styles -Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts movement primarily derived from a reaction against the mass production of products that had begun during the Industrial Revolution. In Britain, working class labourers had to endure long hours for minimal pay in huge factories, which in turn had an adverse impact on their worth and value, as well as a…

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Mid Century Modern

Although the expression Mid-Century Modern was not devised until 1984 (by author Cara Greenberg) the movement emerged after the end of the second world war. There was a rise in demand for property and housing as soldiers arrived back home in the US, resulting in the expansion of cities and a large growth in the…

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