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Joppy11/05/2011 19:15:18
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While I was reading a book of designs from the '20s and '30s this morning it ocurred to me that there is no generic name for that period. We have Victorian and Edwardian, but what follows? We can't call it Georgian really can we? That would get too confusing, and using the Art Nouveau title is too narrow in scope. Any ideas?
BillW11/05/2011 19:55:42
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An interesting one Joppy.
My wife is very interested in history, she suggest Art Deco , started in the 20's and ran into the 30's.
Personally there's not much from this period that I like..
 
Bill.
Mailee11/05/2011 21:58:58
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I am sure your wife is correct Bill, I have always known that period as Art deco in furnishings.
Derek Lane11/05/2011 22:07:25
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it also has another name in the furniture world and that is "modern"
Not sure if this will come out but have made a list for the furniture dates. Just click on images and enlarge
 

Edited By Derek Lane on 11/05/2011 22:08:44

Joppy11/05/2011 22:45:18
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A little more thought shows that a lot of periods are named after the appropriate monarch(s) so how about 'wINDSOR'; Didn't George V change the family name in WW1? That could bring things right up to date.
BillW11/05/2011 23:15:06
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I find Derek's last entry very disturbing, Elisabeth 11, Utility, CHIPBOARD.
 
Modern could start at the beginning of the 19th century (1800 ) if you we were referring to music, modern also get's confused with modernism but we are referring to furniture I presume.
 
You are quite right Joppy that on that basis it could be called the Windsor period but it is not accepted, hush hush. (I have no objections)
 
Is there any authority that names periods.
 
Bill.
 
 
Joppy12/05/2011 07:40:30
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I agree that 'modern' doesn't seem right. After all, it won't be that in another 100 years, will it? Perhaps it should only be used for the 50 years before a present date.In my mind 'art deco' and 'art nouveau' are styles rather than periods so I was fishing around for a generic name to cover the era as a whole. I know it would take more powerful influences than our little forum to get a recognised title. I just wondered what others thought.
Simon Reeves12/05/2011 13:05:48
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How about Postmodern, although the term probably spans a greater period than just the 20's & 30's. Also come across "Live Edge" for some of the "contemporary" stuff.
 
Bill's right about Utility/chipboard - sends shudders down your spine. I'm sure chipboard has its place, but I'm not sure quality furniture is it!
 
Simon
Derek Lane12/05/2011 18:22:53
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You was not the only one's to find it disturbing so did I when I first found it. I suppose that G Plan furniture comes into this bracket.
BillW12/05/2011 22:17:16
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I think I was getting confused with style and period, maybe because we have such as Victorian that covers both.
My wife and I had a long talk and did a bit of research this morning (from William the Conqueror to the present Monarchy).
I won't attempt to write our findings, it would take to long and above my capabilities, we agree that Modern seems wrong, taking everything into account we think the present period should be Windsor, (as mentioned by yourself Joppy) changed during WW1 from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha but the period of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha/Windsor covers a lot of different furniture styles.
 
Thanks for bringing it up Joppy, it helps keep the brain active.
 
Bill.

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