Tag - indoor furniture classic

Scandinavian Contemporary (1960-1990)

The Scandiavian Contemporary style is a simple utilitarian design style in natural wood popularized by Danish and Swedish designers.   Appearance Simple – Straight lines, simple design, and little ornamentation.(Contemporary style shown) Chair Arms Straight – Arms are straight and perpendicular to chair. Chair Back Material Wood – Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats. Chair Back Shape Top Rail – Simple, flat horizontal top rail. Chair Leg Round – Round, usually shaped or turned leg. Splayed – Leg with a concave shape. Square – Flat surfaced leg on all [...]

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Art Nouveau (1910-1930)

The Art Nouveau style is a naturalistic style characterized by intricately detailed patterns and curving lines. Appearance Heavily Ornamented – Elaborate ornamentation.(Art Nouveau style shown) Chair Arms Curved – Arms curved outward. Outward Flare – Arms have slight outward curve. Chair Back Material Upholstered – Cushioned and fabric covered. Wood – Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats. Chair Back Shape Balloon – Balloon-shaped chair back, rounded at the top and tapering to the seat. Bentwood – Curved pieces of wood. Top Rail – Simple, flat horizontal top rail. Chair [...]

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Arts and Crafts (1880-1910)

The Arts and Crafts style is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, and exposed joinery, often using medium or dark stained oak. The terms Mission and Craftsmen are also used to describe Arts and Crafts furniture.   Appearance Simple – Straight lines, simple design, and little ornamentation.(Contemporary style shown) Sturdy – Straight lines and a heavy proportion.(Arts and Craft style shown) Chair Arms Simple Turning or Flat – Arms are straight with a simple turning or are flat. Straight – Arms are straight and perpendicular [...]

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Victorian (1840-1910)

The Victorian style draws its influence from gothic forms with heavy proportions, dark finish, elaborate carving, and ornamentation. It is named for Queen Victoria of England who reigned from 1837-1901 and was the first furniture style of mass production.   Appearance Formal – Elaborately detailed, somber appearance.(Victorian style shown) Chair Arms Curved – Arms curved outward. Chair Back Material Upholstered – Cushioned and fabric covered. Wood – Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats. Chair Back Shape Balloon – Balloon-shaped chair back, rounded at the top and [...]

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Shaker (1820-1860)

The Shaker style is a simple, utilitarian style characterized by straight tapered legs, woven chair seats, and mushroom-shaped wooden knobs. It was produced by the religious group the United Society of Believers in self-contained communities in the United States.   Appearance Simple – Straight lines, simple design, and little ornamentation.(Contemporary style shown) Chair Arms Simple turning or flat – Arms are straight with a simple turning or are flat. Chair Back Material Wood – Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats. Chair Back Shape Ladderback or [...]

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American Empire (1800-1840)

American Empire is moderate in proportion with classical ornamentation, coarse carving, and a dark finish. It is patterned after French Empire with classical influences.   Appearance Graceful and Refined – Elegant appearance.(Federal style shown) Chair Arms Slightly Curved – Arms are slightly curved. Chair Back Material Upholstered – Cushioned and fabric covered. Wood – Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats. Chair Back Shape Crosspiece – Single flat vertical slat. Fiddleback – Fiddle-shaped central splat. Solid – One piece or solid panel chair back. Chair Leg Reeded – Rounded decorative grooved [...]

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Duncan Phyfe (1795-1848)

The Duncan Phyfe style is characterized by carved or reeded legs and neoclassic motifs. It is named after American cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe, and is considered by some art historians as more of an adaptation and refinement of Adam, Sheraton, Hepplewhite, and Empire than a style in itself.   Appearance Graceful and Refined – Elegant appearance.(Federal style shown) Chair Arms Slopes to front posts – Arms slope down to meet posts from the seat. Chair Back Material Upholstered – Cushioned and fabric covered. Wood – Solid wood, horizontal [...]

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Sheraton (1780-1820)

Sheraton is a neoclassical style characterized by delicate straight lines, light construction, contrasting veneers, and neoclassical motifs and ornamentation. It is named for English designer Thomas Sheraton who published his designs in “The Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers Drawing Book” in 1791. It was the most reproduced style in the United States during the Federal period.   Appearance Graceful and Refined – Elegant appearance.(Federal style shown) Chair Arms Slopes to front posts – Arms slope down to meet posts from the seat. Chair Back Material Upholstered – [...]

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Federal (1780-1820)

The Federal style combines the neoclassic furniture style characteristics of Hepplewhite and Sheraton. It is characterized by graceful straight lines, light construction, tapered legs, inlay, and contrasting veneers.   Appearance Graceful and Refined – Elegant appearance.(Federal style shown) Chair Arms Slopes to front posts – Arms slope down to meet posts from the seat. Chair Back Material Upholstered – Cushioned and fabric covered. Wood – Solid wood, horizontal slats, vertical slats, or vertical splats. Chair Back Shape Fiddleback – Fiddle-shaped central splat. Rectangular or Square – Rectilinear design with a [...]

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Hepplewhite (1765-1800)

Hepplewhite is a neoclassic style characterized by a delicate appearance, tapered legs, and the use of contrasting veneers and inlay. It is named after British designer and cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite whose designs in “The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide” were published posthumously in 1788. This style was reproduced in the United States particularly in the Carolinas, Maryland, New England, New York, and Virginia.   Appearance Graceful and Refined – Elegant appearance.(Federal style shown) Chair Arms Curved – Arms curved outward. Chair Back Material Upholstered – Cushioned [...]

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