[caption id="attachment_4456" align="alignright" width="225"] The Art Nouveau influence can still be seen in the Liberty, London shop - image © Elliott Brown[/caption]
I have a great interest in architecture of all Era and this helps me a good deal in the timber door business at Doorsan Ltd as we supply a large range of door designs to suit all property types. I particularly like the detailing used in the Arts and Crafts movement along with the Victorian Gothic Revival and the later twentieth century architectural inspirations such as the French inspired Art Nouveau period.
The late 1800’s to the present day has seen a massive change in architectural styles and building techniques and the timber door, an essential building component, exhibits many design influences over this time.
The Edwardian properties built during the early Twentieth Century were generally smaller and less ornate than the preceding Victorian types, yet would have been considered more sophisticated as the styles introduced were innovative and often avant-garde.
Art Nouveau is one of the most artistic and distinctive decorative styles, originally from France and adopted throughout Europe in the 1880’s it later made an impact in Britain during the turn of the century. The style is characterised with graphic sinuous lines, later, often set into geometric shapes as the period led into the Art Deco Era. The characteristic curves tend to be depicted in property interiors more than the large architectural components as they were challenging to create on a grand scale. However, the style details can be seen in wallpapers such as those designed by William Morris and heavy paper such as Lincrusta still available for below Dado rails
The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Art Nouveau influence can still be seen in the retail shop Liberty’s which was originally a great influence to the buying public by offering exquisite objects focussing on Asymmetrical images and flowing lines . Liberty have, nevertheless, moved with the times and offer 21st century products yet fortunately still retains the ethos of the company and design elements from it’s past.