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FURNITURE STYLES

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A complete review of furniture styles encompasses hundreds of years and a myriad of influences. Historical periods as well as the rule of kings and queens have defined the categorization of the various styles. Geographical differences, political matters, and religious issues have affected the way furniture was designed and produced. Royalty often created a direction or inspired specific craftsmen to develop furniture by interpreting the royalties desires and whims. The unearthing of ancient architecture stimulated many different interpretations. Function and practical uses were also considered. There is no question that the American influence on furniture making and design resulted from the melting pot of people from all parts of the world.

CONTEMPORARY furniture is characterized by simple and clean lines. This style is void of the heavy carvings and ornate features of other furniture styles. Many pieces will utilize geometric forms and futuristic appearances. Practical functions in the products take precedent over dramatic and lavish appearances. Contemporary designers may incorporate classic and traditional features in subtle and understated ways. The wood and fabric used in contemporary furniture is often light, exotic, and trendy. Colors will follow the path of "ready to wear " clothing and are subject to change as fashion changes
TRADITIONAL furniture is characterized by distinct design features. Carvings, overlays, pilasters, columns, pediments, claw, ball, masks, and animal heads are often incorporated in this generalized category. The classic details of traditional furniture are reflections of the periods and influences of years gone by. In the days before mass production, the ornate and elaborate features described above were made possible by the careful execution by the old world craftsmen. Modern day technology can duplicate many of these hand made and craftsmen inspired designs. The woods used in traditional furniture will usually include cherry, walnut, mahogany, and oak. Fabrics include damasks, brocades, tapestries, and prints.
COUNTRY furniture is often called Early American or Colonial. It generally evolved from the more traditional furniture designs of the European continent but adapted to the more rustic and rugged life in the new America. The heavy carvings and ornate features of traditional furniture give way to simple turnings and more relaxed interpretation of the classic traditional designs. Practical function and form are accented by simple carving, turnings, and trim accents. Pine, maple, birch and other softer woods are used in the construction. Fabrics will use patterns of plaid, checks, and country scenes to add to the folksy nature of this category
ORIENTAL furniture is a direct reflection of the orient and the culture of that region. The furniture will be practical and functional. As in contemporary, the lines and designs will be simplistic with distinct accents of the oriental culture. Long sweeping curves are often incorporated in the design. Painted finishes with stenciling and gilding are commonly incorporated. The hardware used for drawer pulls and hinges may reflect intricate details with an overall feeling of simplicity. Fabrics used will include cotton prints, satin like feel, and a variety of solid but vivid colors. Prints may include scenes of the countryside or of animals.
CASUAL furniture is a combination of contemporary and country styling with a real emphasis on the comfort and function of the item. Rustic may be used to describe this particular category. This furniture appears to be well built and ready to use. The focus is on comfort and function with less emphasis on design or design elements. Materials used will be oak, pine, birch, and maple. Fabrics will use textures in solid colors with the emphasis on durability.



         

 

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