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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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