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Art Nouveau Sofas

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

Art Nouveau was a modernizing movement in the decorative arts that developed in France and Britain in the early 1880s and quickly became a dominant aesthetic style in Western Europe and the United States. In its sinuous lines and flamboyant curves inspired by the natural world, Art Nouveau furniture, jewelry and graphic design reflected a desire for freedom from the stuffy social and artistic strictures of the Victorian era.

Art Nouveau can be easily identified by its lush, flowing forms suggested by flowers and plants, as well as the lissome tendrils of sea life. The signature motif is the "whiplash" curve — a deep, narrow, dynamic parabola that appears as an element in everything from chair arms to cabinetry and mirror frames. The visual vocabulary of Art Nouveau was particularly influenced by the soft colors and abstract images of nature seen in Japanese art prints, which arrived in large numbers in the West after open trade was forced upon Japan in the 1860s. The style quickly reached a wide audience in Europe via advertising posters, book covers, illustrations and other work by such artists as Aubrey Beardsley, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. While all Art Nouveau designs share common formal elements, different countries and regions produced their own variants.

In Scotland, the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh developed a singular, restrained look based on scale rather than ornament; a style best known from his narrow chairs with exceedingly tall backs, designed for Glasgow tea rooms. Meanwhile in France, Hector Guimard — whose iconic 1896 entry arches for the Paris Metro are still in use — and Louis Majorelle produced chairs, desks, bed frames and cabinets with sweeping lines and rich veneers. The Art Nouveau movement was known as Jugendstil ("Youth Style") in Germany, and in Austria the designers of the Vienna Secession group — notably Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann and Joseph Maria Olbrich — produced a relatively austere iteration of the Art Nouveau style, which mixed curving and geometric elements.

Art Nouveau revitalized all of the applied arts. Ceramists such as Ernest Chaplet and Edmond Lachenal created new forms covered in novel and rediscovered glazes that produced thick, foam-like finishes. Bold vases, bowls and lighting designs in acid-etched and marquetry cameo glass by Émile Gallé and the Daum Freres appeared in France, while in New York the glass workshop-cum-laboratory of Louis Comfort Tiffany — the core of what eventually became a multimedia decorative-arts manufactory called Tiffany Studios — brought out buoyant pieces in opalescent favrile glass. Jewelry design was revolutionized, as settings, for the first time, were emphasized as much as, or more than, gemstones. A favorite Art Nouveau jewelry motif was insects (think of Tiffany, in his famed Dragonflies glass lampshade).

Like a mayfly, Art Nouveau was short-lived. The sensuous, languorous style fell out of favor early in the 20th century, deemed perhaps too light and insubstantial for European tastes in the aftermath of World War I. But as the designs on 1stDibs demonstrate, Art Nouveau retains its power to fascinate and seduce.

There are ways to tastefully integrate a touch of Art Nouveau into even the most modern interior — browse an extraordinary collection of original antique Art Nouveau furniture on 1stDibs, which includes decorative objects, seating, tables, garden elements and more.

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Style: Art Nouveau
1910s Marcel Kammerer Wooden Sofa for Gebruder Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use - Carefully Refinished with shellac - Stamped/Labeled by Maker.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bentwood

Moonage Daydream Modular Sofa Ivory Bouclé Fabric
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
Moonage daydream sofa is part of the ESPRIT NOIR Capsule collection. Moonage daydream is a modular sofa. The configurations can be made by choosing from four elements: central modul...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Metal

1910s Marcel Kammerer Wooden Sofa, Chairs and Stool for Gebruder Thonet
By Marcel Kammerer, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use - Carefully refinished with shellac - Stamped/labeled by Maker - Set includes 4 pieces - Dimensions of the sofa: H 76 cm x W 123...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bentwood

1910s Marcel Kammerer Wooden Sofa and Chairs for Gebruder Thonet
By Marcel Kammerer, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH
Located in Praha, CZ
-Good original condition with minor signs of use -Carefully refinished with shellac -Stamped/labeled by Maker -Sofas measurement: H 76 cm x W 123 cm x D 60 cm.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bentwood

Moonage Daydream Modular Sofa White Leather
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
Moonage daydream sofa is part of the Esprit Noir Capsule collection. Moonage daydream is a modular sofa. The configurations can be made by choosing from four elements: central modul...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Leather

JE T'Attends Sofa 2 Seater Leather
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
JE T'Attends Sofa is part of the Esprit Noir Capsule Collection. JE T'Attends sofa is composed of a wooden shell upholstered in differentiated density polyurethane foam with an uppe...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Metal

Last 19th Century Sofa & Armchairs Carved Walnut by Testolini Salviati, Venice
Located in Vigonza, Padua
They can be sold separately Performed restorative conservation and remake upholstery Measure sofa in cm: H85\47 L148 D57 Measure armchairs in cm: H85\47 L57 D57 "From OADI, observ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Walnut

JE T'ATTENDS Sofa 3 Seater Black Leather
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
JE T'ATTENDS Sofa is part of the ESPRIT NOIR Capsule Collection.? JE T'ATTENDS sofa is composed of a wooden shell upholstered in differentiated density polyurethane foam with an upp...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Metal

Dutch Art Nouveau Bench
Located in Antwerp, BE
Dutch Design; Art Nouveau; Bench; Mid Century design; Craftsmanship; A true conversation piece with a unique material quality to it. The bench appears to be in stone from afar b...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Wood

Flamboyant Art Nouveau Sofa, Ecole de Nancy, France, 1910
Located in Paris, FR
Rare French Flamboyant Art Nouveau sofa in oak, Ecole de Nancy, circa 1910. Dimensions: Width 160 cm height 180 cm depth 62 cm in a very good condition, all original.  
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bronze

Louis Majorelle Art Nouveau Full-Length Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Nouveau sofa in oak by Louis Majorelle, circa 1905. It is unusual to find a full-length Art Nouveau sofa and this good example by Louis Majorelle is correctly restored, re...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Oak

Flamboyant Art Nouveau Sofa, Ecole de Nancy, France 1910
Located in Paris, FR
Rare French Flamboyant Art Nouveau sofa in oak, Ecole de Nancy, circa 1910. Dimensions: Width 160 cm height 180 cm depth 62 cm in a very good condition, all original.  
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bronze

Flamboyant Art Nouveau Sofa, Ecole de Nancy, France, 1910
Located in Paris, FR
Rare French Flamboyant Art Nouveau sofa in oak, Ecole de Nancy, circa 1910. Dimensions: Width 160 cm Height 180 cm Depth 62 cm In a very good condition, all original.   
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bronze

Loveseat Sofa Art Nouveau Belle Époque Lacquered and Gilded Carved Mahogany
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Awesome loveseat sofa Art Nouveau Belle Époque, in carved mahogany lacquered and gilded. We have sanitized the upholstery; ready to use Upholstery in good condition, still usable W...
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Mahogany

Restored Art Deco Rattan Fan Arm Three-Seat Sofa, Rare
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Rare fan arm rattan sectional sofa with white vinyl covering, circa 1930. Custom cushions C.O.M. (Customers Own Material) are included in the price. Simply supply the fabric and we ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Rattan

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By Josef Hoffmann, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH, Gustav Klimt, Marcel Kammerer
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  • Viennese Screen Gebrüder Thonet Nr.2, circa 1888
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