Never Letting Go of Art Nouveau

There’s a saying that “everything old is new again”, and it’s true. Look at blue jeans styles, tie widths and even bicycle styles. Design is forever growing but also continuously recycling itself.

One style that looks to be experiencing a resurgence is Art Nouveau. Literally meaning “new art”, the style was popular from 1890 to 1914 and was fueled by experimentation with new materials, like bendable metal and glass.

Shown above, Hotel Tassel, designed in 1894 by Victor Horta, is considered one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau style architecture. The movement sought to incorporate its design in entire spaces, from the architecture to the wall finishes to furniture and even door handles.

Drawing inspiration from nature, the Art Nouveau style is characterized by fresh curvilinear, free-flowing forms and contours. Although the popularity of Art Nouveau waned by the start of WWI, its sinuous, natural designs are still sought out today. Venerable patterns are still reproduced while others are re-interpreted and updated to appeal to today’s design market.

Here’s five ways Art Nouveau style can find its way into your space, from vintage finds to contemporary re-takes. Click HERE for the full story…

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