A successful interior design should contain interesting shapes. A unique piece is an opportunity for the eye to rest and take in the surroundings.
The 1920's and 30's brought a new sense of freedom and cheerfulness. Folks were happy to be out of war and woman became more independent and liberal. I think furniture design during this era really took on this role - Art Deco is fun, sexy, and has a great personality. Marquetry, softened corners, curves, interesting wood grains, and unique materials are typical amongst furniture of this era.
Inspirations for the well traveled...
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, believed that beautiful environments informed human behavior. He was forward thinking for his time - he loved America and strived to create buildings that were based solely on America's democratic values and human dignity. He developed open floors plans with spaces that flowed and opened out to each other. He also designed every detail of the project including furniture, lighting, fabrics, and often stained glass. Walking into a Wright masterpiece is like being taken into another dimension. "A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be" - Wright
When shopping for my own abode I fell in LOVE with this bar stool from Anthropologie. To my utter dissappointment they were out of my league at $340 per chair. Thanks to catalogs and the internet I was able to find this close copy at Wisteria for $150. And to further my savings delight they were on sale!
This vignette is from the BDDW showroom in New York City. I love this company - not only for their beautiful warm and timless designs - they are part of what seems like a dieing breed of small American furniture companies. They also practice responsible tree harvesting and use all natural oils and lacquers.