The highly decorative Art Nouveau style is so classically elegant, it will always add a touch of graciousness to a home. The style was popular for a fairly short period, between 1890 and around 1910. However, the influence of Art Nouveau decor has extended far beyond that brief span of a couple of decades. The look is based on natural free-flowing forms, and you will often see stylized curved lines of flowers and plants appear on furniture and decorative accessories.
These sensuous curving lines give a feminine look to items, and the emphasis on hand-craftsmanship for this style meant that the artists and artisans had to be highly skilled in order to craft the opulent swirling designs.
Art Nouveau was named after the Maison de l'Art Nouveau gallery in Paris, which means House of the New Art. This gallery was instrumental in spreading the word about the new style.
The look is perfect for a romantic bedroom or dining room, where it will cultivate an atmosphere of softness, relaxation, and sensuous indulgence.
The style also has roots in the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century and the floral designs by British designer William Morris, so it is a terrific match for homes designed in the Arts and Crafts style.
Probably the most famous name working in the Art Nouveau style was Louis Comfort Tiffany, an American who saw this beautiful design style in his travels to Europe. He became renowned for his incredible glass creations, especially lamps. Electric light bulbs were still a fairly new invention at the time, and Tiffany knew how to create gorgeous lampshades to shine the light in the most wonderful way, with extravagant mosaic designs of stained glass. Today, Dale Tiffany lamps continue the legacy, and we are proud to stock this superb lighting in our online gallery. The new lamps and chandeliers replicate the original Art Nouveau stained glass lamps using the same hand-rolled art glass techniques, and the hand-cut and hand assembled art glass lampshades sometimes require up to 1,000 individual pieces of glass. If you are looking to add a touch of Art Nouveau to your home, a Dale Tiffany lamp is a superb place to start!
We also stock furniture and home accessories such as candlesticks and clocks in this eternally elegant style.