Aesthetic Movement

1860’s – 1890’s
The Aesthetic Movement attempts to reform design through education of artistic principles. It arises from a desire to reform the home and its design following London’s Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851. The Aesthetic Movement advances the idea that good taste is not ostentatious display, but careful planning based on educated knowledge and historic precedents.

There is no specific architectural style called the Aesthetic Movement, so most of the design characteristics appear in interiors. Design principles include asymmetry, unity, harmony, and contrast.

Although there is no specific architectural style called Aesthetic Movement, Queen Anne and Old English are associated with it. Immediate changes include a new diversity of sources, including Japan and vernacular traditions.

The Aesthetic Movement shuns historical styles and sets of furniture for a more personal expression and a new informality. The Movement inspires Art Furniture, which initially is designed by architects and artists and exhibits elements of honest construction and craftsmanship. Anglo-Japanese furniture displays characteristics of Japanese art.

Remember these important points!
1. Types: does not introduce new types of furniture – REDESIGN
2. slender, usually turned or quadrangular legs, numerous brackets and shelves on cabinets and tables, ebonized woods, geometric, and stylized naturalistic motifs.
3. Plain and patterned upholstery fills the Artistic interior. Upholstery no longer matches window treatments or wall coverings. CONTRAST CONTRAST CONTRAST. Take a look.

Symbols and Motifs
Motifs include sunflowers, peacock feathers, lilies, paisley, flowers, leaves, Japanese forms, insects, butterflies, and birds.

Decorative Arts
Accessories are extremely important and an integral part of Aesthetic interiors. Collections showcase the artistic sensibility and culture of the family, and each piece is regarded as a lesson in taste for the children. These items include: pictures, oil paintings, photographs, watercolors, Japanese prints, Oriental ceramics, blue and white porcelains from China, folding screens, filled bookcases, plants and flowers to enhance the atmosphere.

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