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Ch 10: Furniture Styles

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Review furniture styles from around the world with this collection of interior design study resources. These bite-sized lessons and practice quizzes offer you a simple and effective way to review furniture styles for exams and homework assignments.

Furniture Styles - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive interior design chapter outlines the characteristics of furniture styles from several countries, such as England, Greece, India and the United States. Our expert instructors will teach you about the history of these furniture styles and their respective design elements. After each lesson is a short self-assessment quiz to help you assess your understanding of these concepts. You can access the chapter at any time that's convenient and study on any computer or mobile device. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Summarize the history of several furniture styles from around the world, including American, English, Dutch, Indian and Greek furniture
  • Describe European, Japanese, Persian, Italian and Spanish furniture styles
  • Identify the elements of Moroccan interior design, furniture and architecture
  • Compare American country and French country furniture design
  • Understand postmodern furniture history

35 Lessons in Chapter 10: Furniture Styles
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
American Furniture Styles: History & Examples

1. American Furniture Styles: History & Examples

When the colonists landed in America they were primarily concerned with survival, meaning it wasn't until a number of years later that people could pursue the art of furniture making for pleasure. This lesson will explore how American furniture has evolved from utilitarian to decorative and stylish.

English Furniture Styles: History & Examples

2. English Furniture Styles: History & Examples

Furniture is an often under-appreciated reflection of our values and tastes. In this lesson, we're going to explore English history though its furniture, and see how changes in the British Empire were reflected in changes to English furnishings.

Dutch Furniture: History & Characteristics

3. Dutch Furniture: History & Characteristics

Dutch furniture may have had a larger impact on the world than you'd think. In this lesson, we'll examine the history and characteristics of this furniture and consider its influence on history.

Indian Furniture: History & Styles

4. Indian Furniture: History & Styles

Sometimes a fascinating mix of cultures is represented in things like furniture. This is certainly true in India. In this lesson, learn about history and styles of Indian furniture.

Greek Furniture: History & Style

5. Greek Furniture: History & Style

The ancient Greeks built a complex society. An often under appreciated part of this society was their furniture. In this lesson, we'll check out the accouterments that helped the Greeks find comfort in their world of stone.

European Furniture: Designs & History

6. European Furniture: Designs & History

European furniture has changed dramatically throughout the centuries. In this lesson, explore the history of European furniture from the earliest examples to 20th-century design and learn about the different styles that have developed.

Japanese Furniture: History & Style

7. Japanese Furniture: History & Style

The traditional Japanese household had furniture and features that were directly related to the Japanese culture: simplicity, functionality, and the attention to nature and space.

Persian Furniture: History & Styles

8. Persian Furniture: History & Styles

In this lesson, learn about beautiful Persian furniture. Explore its history and main characteristics, including materials, techniques, and ornamentation. Also, discover outstanding furniture types like the Persian carpets, lattices, and more.

Moroccan Furniture: History & Styles

9. Moroccan Furniture: History & Styles

Ottomans and ogees. Bold colors, rich textures and influences from Africa, Arabia and Europe. What do these things have in common? In this lesson explore history and styles related to Moroccan furniture.

Moroccan Interior Design: History, Style & Elements

10. Moroccan Interior Design: History, Style & Elements

Do movies like 'Casablanca' or 'Road to Marrakesh' evoke romance and mystery for you? The allure of the Morocco shown in these movies leads many to recreate its design in their homes. Here are some ways to add a little Moroccan mystery to your home.

Moroccan Architecture: Style & Elements

11. Moroccan Architecture: Style & Elements

Morocco has some of the most distinctive architecture in the world. In this lesson, we are going to look at the influences which define it, and learn how to recognize it by its most notable elements.

Italian Furniture: History & Styles

12. Italian Furniture: History & Styles

Italy has held a prominent place in furniture design for centuries. What makes Italian furniture designs so sought after? This lesson will focus on the history and styles of Italian furniture.

Postmodern Furniture: History & Design

13. Postmodern Furniture: History & Design

Postmodernism is a style of art and architecture that's both incredibly complex and perfectly simple. Add in the pressures of furniture design, however, and it really gets fun! In this lesson, we'll explore the history and style of postmodern furniture, and see just what that concept looks like.

American Country Furniture: History & Design

14. American Country Furniture: History & Design

Even wealthy Americans like to fill their homes with furniture that looks weathered and worn, but why? In this lesson, we'll look at the history and characteristics of American country furniture and see why it's so popular.

French Country Furniture: History & Design

15. French Country Furniture: History & Design

Who says that rustic furniture can't be classy? In this lesson, we are going to explore French country furniture and see how urban styles were modified to fit provincial life.

Spanish Furniture: History & Styles

16. Spanish Furniture: History & Styles

A lot of European furniture looks the same, so what makes Spanish styles so unique? In this lesson, we'll examine Spanish furniture and learn how to define it.

Art Deco Furniture: History & Style

17. Art Deco Furniture: History & Style

In this lesson, we'll be exploring the history and styles of Art Deco furniture. We'll look at the history of Art Deco itself and how it celebrated the modern world in a style that filtered into art, fashion and furniture design.

Rococo Furniture: History & Style

18. Rococo Furniture: History & Style

Rococo art was defined by a strict rejection of Baroque sensibilities, but what does this mean in terms of sofas? In this lesson, we're going to see how the Rococo was manifested in furniture.

French Provincial Furniture: History & Style

19. French Provincial Furniture: History & Style

In this lesson, you'll learn about the furniture created for the provincial families outside of Paris: French provincial furniture. You'll explore its main characteristics and discover commonly used materials and ornamentation.

Queen Anne Furniture: History, Characteristics & Facts

20. Queen Anne Furniture: History, Characteristics & Facts

Light and elegant with comfort and flexibility describes the feel of Queen Anne Furniture. Explore the styles, design and types of Queen Anne furniture.

Eastlake Furniture: History & Style

21. Eastlake Furniture: History & Style

Modernism was a major movement in the arts, but it took a long time to build up these ideas. In this lesson, we'll see how the Eastlake style of furniture helped get the ball rolling.

Arts and Crafts Movement Furniture

22. Arts and Crafts Movement Furniture

Have you ever heard of Gustav Stickley? Can furniture make a statement about craftsmanship? In this lesson, learn about furniture created during the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Biedermeier Period: Furniture & Design

23. Biedermeier Period: Furniture & Design

Arts are often defined by the needs of politically active elites, but every now and then this changes. In this lesson, we'll examine furniture and design made for a different lifestyle.

What is Highboy Furniture? - Definition & History

24. What is Highboy Furniture? - Definition & History

What did colonial America look like? One way to answer this is by looking at its furniture. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the popular furniture items in colonial America, and learn how to identify it by style.

Greek Revival Furniture: History & Characteristics

25. Greek Revival Furniture: History & Characteristics

While ancient Greek society disappeared long ago, their influence is all around us, even in our furniture. Let's examine the history of Greek revivalism and see how furniture has embraced it throughout time.

What is an Eames Chair? - History & Design

26. What is an Eames Chair? - History & Design

Art is about much more than painting and sculpture. In this lesson, we are going to look at a very special chair and see what role it played in the history of American furniture art.

American Empire Furniture: Style & Characteristics

27. American Empire Furniture: Style & Characteristics

Can furniture styles really reflect geopolitical attitudes? As it turns out, yes. In this lesson, we'll look at the American Empire style of furniture and see how a good chair can capture an entire nation's attitudes about their future.

French Empire Furniture: Style & Characteristics

28. French Empire Furniture: Style & Characteristics

In this lesson, learn about the magnificent and ostentatious furniture created during the regime of Napoleon Bonaparte. Explore the development of the French Empire style and the main characteristics of the furniture pieces.

Empire Style Interior Design

29. Empire Style Interior Design

Explore the ostentatious interiors influenced by Napoleon Bonaparte. In this lesson, discover the Empire style and learn about its main characteristics. Also, identify some elements that can be used for designing Empire interiors.

Baroque Furniture: Style, Characteristics & History

30. Baroque Furniture: Style, Characteristics & History

In this lesson, we'll explore the elaborate and refined furniture of the Baroque. We'll examine the history and discover the distinctive style and the main characteristics of the furniture from this time of opulence.

French vs. Italian Baroque Style Furniture

31. French vs. Italian Baroque Style Furniture

The Baroque movement in art had major impacts across Europe, but looked a little different everywhere it went. We'll see how it impacted Italian and French furniture, and check out some examples of each.

Art Nouveau Furniture: History & Characteristics

32. Art Nouveau Furniture: History & Characteristics

What do bugs, vines, and high-quality furniture have in common? What makes a style modern? In this lesson, learn about the history of Art Nouveau furniture and explore some of its characteristics.

Famous Art Nouveau Furniture Designers

33. Famous Art Nouveau Furniture Designers

In this lesson, we will explore the work of some of the most important designers of Art Nouveau furniture. Learn about the main characteristics and distinctive elements of the furniture designs that represented this artistic movement.

Klismos Chair: Definition, Types & History

34. Klismos Chair: Definition, Types & History

How much history can there be in a chair? In this case, as much history as Western civilization itself. In this lesson, we'll check out the klismos chair and see how its been re-imagined over the years.

William & Mary Style: Furniture & Characteristics

35. William & Mary Style: Furniture & Characteristics

English furniture looked very similar for a long time. Then, it changed...a lot. In this lesson, we're going to examine William and Mary furniture and see why it looks so different from previous English styles.

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