At the end of the nineteenth century, there was an invention of a new decorative style in the visual arts and architecture that developed in Europe and North America, Art Nouveau.
The Art Nouveau style first appeared in the early 1880s and was gone during the period of the First World War. The style could be seen around urban cities, on public buildings and advertisements, as well as inside private homes. It was, I would say, the first style that garnished the cities with the art of the new decorative styles inspired by botanical world rather than the existing ideas in the past.
Art Nouveau was in many ways response to the major changes caused by the fast urban growth and technological developments that happened as the Industrial revolution began. Although the style was invented in the age of industrial revolution, the principle of Art Nouveau still required quality goods and well craftsmanship. Many architects, artists and designers were excited about the technologies and the wider range of materials they could use in their designs. However, some of the others were appreciating the past and the unique skills of handcrafting.
I have a chance to work with an interior designer who has an interest in Art Nouveau. Most of the design involved the touch of luxurious textures, bronzed casting and lacquer works. He designed the stunning Japanese Tansu covered in shagreen, which influenced by the furniture design during the time of Art Nouveau.
I have been inspired by the designer’s works and now I can feel that I am having a deeper interest in textures and materials.