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The Post-War Style Years 1940 – 1970

Post-War High Styles For Everyone Victorious and wealthy, the United States emerged from the Second World War in 1945 as the most powerful nation. Its influence spread quickly across much of the globe. With industry in optimistic mood, US designers… Continue reading →

Late Victorian Style 1870 – 1914

Late Victorian Style Rebellion While late Victorian consumers revelled in the comforts that mass production offered, designers sought the industrial craftsmanship of earlier centuries. They paved the way for the progressive styles that would influence modern furniture. Clutter, heavy curtains… Continue reading →

Mid-Victorian Style 1850 – 1870

The Celebration Of Industry The image of mid-Victorian style remains a sombre drawing room with red wallpaper, heavy curtains and thickly upholstered seating. Ornaments and knick-knacks fill every available surface. Mid-Victorian style is often dismissed as lack of style. As… Continue reading →

Early Victorian Style 1830 – 1850

Early Victorian middle classes began to influence style in Britain after the regency, spending their incomes on comfortable goods. In William IV’s brief reign (1830-1837)  hints of the more romantic designs to come started emerging. Prosperity boomed, thanks to factories, mines… Continue reading →

Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain in the 1700s, when developments in manufacturing transformed everything. Machines replaced practices previously handmade and production numbers soared. Both the average household income and the population numbers soared. This revolution greatly increased the… Continue reading →

The Rococo Style – 1700AD

Adapted from the original Baroque style, the French Rococo style moved away from the ‘masculine’ elements of the original movement and became more ‘feminine’. The style encompassed architecture, interior design, painting, as well as others. Critics accused the style of… Continue reading →

The Renaissance: 1400 – 1600AD

During the 13th and 14th centuries, scholars transformed the medieval style of life in an urge to investigate everything. A rebirth – a renaissance – took place in the poetry, philosophy, science, art and architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome…. Continue reading →

The Late Georgian Style 1760 – 1800

A marked change in decorative style coincided with the start of George III’s reign in 1760. Not that the devout, industrious 22-year-old king had much to do with the change. He became a cultured and devoted family man with an… Continue reading →

Early Georgian High Society 1720 – 1760

There were various means of advancement in early Georgian Britain – merit, good fortune, education and patronage, corruption and service to the nation were some of them. The band of people considered to belong to polite society increased to receive… Continue reading →

Baroque Style and The Restoration

Baroque Style and The Restoration – When Charles II of England was re-instated as king in 1660, he and his courtiers had experienced a taste for the luxurious style of life they had briefly shared in exile in the royal… Continue reading →

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