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Art Nouveau Sofas

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

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

ORIGINS OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Sinuous, organic and flowing lines
  • Forms that mimic flowers and plant life
  • Decorative inlays and ornate carvings of natural-world motifs such as insects and animals 
  • Use of hardwoods such as oak, mahogany and rosewood

ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Art Nouveau — which spanned furniture, architecture, jewelry and graphic design — can be easily identified by its lush, flowing forms suggested by flowers and plants, as well as the lissome tendrils of sea life. Although Art Deco and Art Nouveau were both in the forefront of turn-of-the-20th-century design, they are very different styles — Art Deco is marked by bold, geometric shapes while Art Nouveau incorporates dreamlike, floral motifs. The latter’s 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. Impressionist artists were moved by the artistic tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking, and Japonisme — a term used to describe the appetite for Japanese art and culture in Europe at the time — greatly informed Art Nouveau. 

The Art Nouveau style quickly reached a wide audience in Europe via advertising posters, book covers, illustrations and other work by such artists as Aubrey Beardsley, Henri de 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
ViNTAGE CHESTNUT BROWN LEATHER LIBERTY'S ART NOUVEAU CLUB SOFA CARVED WOOD FRAMe
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this absolutely stunning vintage Chestnut brown leather sofa, made in the Liberty's Art Nouveau style with n...
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20th Century English Art Nouveau Sofas

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Leather, Hardwood

Art Nouveau Living Room Set by Pander & Zonen, Netherlands, circa 1900
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Superb salon / living room set composed of 7 elements: 1 sofa / canape, 2 armchairs and 4 chairs. The structure is in solid walnut carved on a floral theme (roses). The bench and...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Fabric, Faux Leather, Wood

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 co...
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Mahogany

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

Moonage Daydream Modular Sofa Black Timeless Leather and brushed brass
Located in Milano, IT
Moonage daydream is a modular sofa. The configurations can be made by choosing from four elements: central module, terminal module, wide terminal modu...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Sculptural Mid Century Italian Sofa Attributed to Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A mid century Italian sofa attributed to Maurizio Tempestini. Sculptural wingback silhouette. Original upholstery as found. Sourced in Northern Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Upholstery

20th Century Cassina Hill House Charles Rennie for Mackintosh Design sofa, 1980
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian sofa from the 80s. Furniture produced by Cassina, with brand and serial number (limited edition, see photo) of fabulous line and pleasant furnishings. Hill House sofa designe...
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1980s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Sculptural 2-Seater Sofa in Oak & Wool, Danish "Skønvirke" Style, 1920s
Located in Odense, DK
An exquisite two seater sofa in solid oak and white wool. Crafted by a skilled Danish cabinetmaker in the 1920s. The frame of this sofa is meticulously constructed from oak wood, cel...
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sofas

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Wool, Oak

Swedish Designer, Sofa, Birch, Fabric, Sweden, 1920s
Located in High Point, NC
A birch and striped beige fabric sofa designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1920s. Seat height: 16.5”
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1920s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Fabric, Birch

Italian Gold Gilt and Cream Painted Mid Century Art Nouveau Sofa
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Lovely and elegant Art Nouveau Italian sofa, loveseat or settee painted neutral off white and gold, with beautiful original muted striped damask fabric. Can be sold separately; part ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Wood

Thonet Kanapee No.3, 1860
Located in Schwerin, MV
Rare collector's item: A well-preserved, stable Thonet sofa with a Viennese wicker seat that was restored a few years ago. Designation in the Thonet catalog from 1904: Sofa No. 3. Th...
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1860s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bentwood, Braid

Rare Italian Art Nouveau Antique Living Room Set or Salon Suite
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Rare complete Italian Art Nouveau 1900s living room set includes: 1 sofa 2 armchairs 2 chairs Refined living room set in carved beech wood. The wood has an elegant carved decoration...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Beech

French 1900s Design Bistro Style Sofa In Rattan and Braided Wicker Cane
Located in Tourcoing, FR
French 1900s Design Bistro Style rattan and braided wicker cane sofa composed of a rattan structure, braided rattan wicker cane with a red outline finish, famous at the beginning of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Sofas

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Rattan

Hill House Sofa by Mackintosh for Cassina Limited Edition
Located in Carpi, IT
The Hill House furniture, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, represents an icon of Art Nouveau and an extraordinary example of his distinctive style. Hill House is a private resi...
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1980s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Wood

Art Nouveau Daybed in Solid Oak / Lounger Sofa, 1905
Located in Lüdinghausen, DE
Daybed restored Art Nouveau around 1905 solid oak daybed lounger sofa Features: Designed like a bench, but very low and very deep lying surfac...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Sofas

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Oak

1902 Antique Sofa Set Kohn No. 717, Designed by Gustav Siegel
Located in Praha, CZ
- Kohn catalogue 1902 - Art Nouveau - completely restored - bentwood beech solids - new brown shellac hand polished polish - completely reupholstered ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Brass

Hand Carved Wooden Bench, France, 1890s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hand Carved Wooden Bench - 1890's Hand-carved wooden bench from France, 1890's. A true conversation piece with a unique material quality to it. Th...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Wood

Salon Set by Josef Hoffmann, 1910s, Excellent Condition
Located in Praha, CZ
Art nouveau sofa set Thonet, J/J Kohn, upholstered in genuine leather, designed by architect Josef Hoffmann for the Fledermaus cabaret in Vienna, Austria, completely restored, newly ...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Leather, Bentwood

Moonage Daydream Modular Sofa Grand Natté White Fabric
Located in Milano, IT
Moonage daydream is a modular sofa. The configurations can be made by choosing from four elements: central module, terminal module, wide terminal modu...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Metal

Art Nouveau Sofa and Armchairs Labelled Jakob & Joseph Kohn
Located in Beirut, LB
Set of Art Nouveau sofa and two armchair by Jakob e Joseph Kohn, Wien. Bentwood solid walnut with an original upholstery in hand painted silk with typical ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Sofas

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Bentwood

Secession Sofa and Two Armchairs by Gustav Siegel for J.J.Kohn, Restored
Located in Praha, CZ
- carefully refurbished and finished by shellac - reupholstered with quaility fabric from Backhausen -Made in Austria - height of seat 47 cm -Armchair dimensions: H: 81cm (47cm )...
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1980s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

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Thonet Kanapee No.4, Early 20th Century
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Art Nouveau sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Nouveau sofas for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage sofas created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, animal skin and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Nouveau sofas made in a specific country, there are Europe, Austria, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original sofas, popular names associated with this style include Jacob and Josef Kohn, Gustav Siegel, Josef Hoffmann, and Wittmann. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for sofas differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $2,400 and tops out at $99,000 while the average work can sell for $9,246.

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