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10 fascinating things about bauhaus, mid-century and hollywood regency furniture!

We would be considering 3 world class design styles or movements that have influenced the way furniture are made, even till today. These design styles are; the Bauhaus, the mid-century and the Hollywood regency. You may be wondering if this post is about history, arts or furniture! As furniture lovers, we always keep you updated with the trends [past and present]. We also always let you in on how your favorite furniture pieces, like the arco floor lamp; were created and what influenced these timeless pieces? So join us as we go back in time to explore these amazing design era.

 

What is the Bauhaus design Philosophy?

Bauhaus majorly taught artists, designers and craftsmen a new way of viewing and creating art that emphasized color theory, materials and balance. Students took a preliminary course covering these things before moving onto more specialized courses in things like textile designs, cabinet making and typography. Even the Bauhaus canteen was indicative of the movement’s beautiful yet functional design style. The school emphasized efficient design that embodied the function of the object itself and its materials. It sought to unify art with craft, to bridge the gap between beauty and function with objects and spaces that were purposeful without abandoning physical appearance. The Bauhaus’s core values popped up severally throughout the twentieth century. Its foundational ideas influenced movements in the decades that followed. But that doesn’t mean the school was loved by all. Many Germans saw it as a rebellion against traditional German culture. A few furniture from this design era are; wassily chair, brno chair, and mt8 lamp.

 

wassily chair

What is the Mid-Century design Philosophy?

Mid-century design refers to the dominant furnishings of the mid-20th century—simple, functional wooden pieces made from teak and curved designs became very popular. "Midcentury modern design evolved in response to a post-World War II environment," Liza Kuhn explains. "Designers and architects were eager to create new ideas that married the mass production and technology invented during the first half of the 20th century with a more optimistic outlook for the future”. Many authentic midcentury modern furniture were made from teak. "Teak was preferred for its richness in color and durability," Rozit Arditi explains. "Rosewood and oak were the other commonly used woods, mostly in case pieces like tables, desks, and storage cabinets”. But wood was by no means the only material present in the creation of midcentury modern pieces. "Materials were critical to mid-century design," Thompson notes. "We saw a lot of wood, metal, glass, and vinyl, often used in tension with each other to create a unique look." These materials were often used to create furnishings with curved shapes. A few furniture pieces from this era are; Noguchi coffee table, Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and arco floor lamp.

 eames lounge

What is the Hollywood regency design Philosophy?

The Hollywood regency design is the style that birthed the glam era. It gave us sumptuous, rich texture, lavish details, and luxurious accents. It yearned to make any space feel as opulent as possible. "Hollywood Regency is all about communicating lavish glamour in a way that isn't stuffy or too self-serious," Murray says. "With this style bent towards unapologetic maximalism, Hollywood Regency features richly layered textures, high contrast patterns, metallic finishes, and bold colors”. You won't find a lack of color or pattern in Hollywood Regency, but both are definitely used deliberately. The patterns and colors used are so bold; you don't want to go over the top. Hollywood regency Decor is usually kept in the same color palette, and only one or two patterns are used, so it doesn't feel too busy. Black and white is a usual combination, and jewel tones are incorporated for pops of color. Hollywood Regency leaned heavily on the decor accents to bring the glam. Luxurious fabric and textiles are incorporated, like velvet, silk, and even fur. You'll also find sculpted carpets, brass or gold objects, crystal, fringe, and plenty of flashy accessories. A few furniture pieces from this era are; nesting tables, slipper chairs, curved sofas and animals statues.

 

nesting tables

10 fascinating things about Bauhaus, Mid-century and Hollywood Regency Furniture!

  1. The Bauhaus was founded in Germany; as a design school, by architect Walter Gropius to teach a wide variety of trades, from cabinet making and furniture design, to weaving, metalwork, and painting. The design favored simplified forms, rationality, and functional use. This arts institute greatly differed from the favored, yet impractical, academic studio education that was standard at the time.
  2. The goal of the Bauhaus was to create a relationship between craftsmanship and creativity. There was a perceived fear that art was losing its purpose in society. Hence, the Bauhaus was founded to ‘build’ a relationship between manufacturing and creativity as they had been drifting apart at the time.
  3. The Bauhaus movement was responsible for the creation of San Serif and Bauhaus fonts. Among the many genres of fine and decorative art, the Bauhaus focused on typography too. Graphic designer Herbert Bayer opined that typeface was the clearest form of communication and artistic expression.
  4. The Bauhaus era included several influential artists. Some of the greatest modern artists and designers of the 20th century studied or taught at the Bauhaus, like: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Mies Van Der Rohe, László Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Breuer, and Marianne Brandt.
  5. Mid-century modern furniture is often very simple with sleek lines and a focus on functionality and simple spaces. Chairs and tables created, often consisted of simple pieces of material held up by wooden or metal pin-style legs.
  6. Manmade materials (like vinyl, plastic, lucite, and fiberglass) and natural materials (like wood, glass, metal, and marble) were often used together in mid-century furniture design. You also see modern pieces staged with vintage statement pieces in mid-century modern design style.
  7. Mid-century modern decor used bright accent colors against primary neutral tones of white, black, and wood tones. In keeping with the idea of combining indoor and outdoor, the mid-century color palette was rooted in nature, with earthy greens, bright fall oranges and yellows, muddy browns, sea blue-greens such as aquamarine and teal, and deep clay red.
  8. The Hollywood Regency was about being glamorous and opulent. It was all about the lavish designs, rich textures, and similar accents to bring out the glam factor. The concept of the Hollywood Regency design is to reflect the vibrant colors and the rich patterns and textures to make the entire interior look highly glamorous in all possible ways.
  9. The Hollywood era made use of so many bold colors, that you do not have the option of going over the top of it. Mainly the combination of black and white was most commonly used but there were also a number of other bold colors also used as pop-ups. Metallic color options such as brass were often taken as the staple option and there are only a few patterns that are commonly used. The palette of colors for the Hollywood Regency hence can be said to be huge for those who are more into designing modern day interior designs.
  10. Hollywood regency did not focus much on furniture. Furniture pieces were kept as a much smaller scale. The idea was to provide much of floor space so that people can have an area for different activities.

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Bauhaus

Bauhaus majorly taught artists, designers and craftsmen a new way of viewing and creating art that emphasized color theory, materials and balance. Students took a preliminary course covering these things before moving onto more specialized courses in things like textile designs, cabinet making and typography. Even the Bauhaus canteen was indicative of the movement’s beautiful yet functional design style. The school emphasized efficient design that embodied the function of the object itself and its materials. It sought to unify art with craft, to bridge the gap between beauty and function with objects and spaces that were purposeful without abandoning physical appearance.

 

Bauhaus style

The goal of the Bauhaus was to create a relationship between craftsmanship and creativity. There was a perceived fear that art was losing its purpose in society. Hence, the Bauhaus was founded to ‘build’ a relationship between manufacturing and creativity as they had been drifting apart at the time.

 

Bauhaus interior design

Students of bauhaus took a preliminary course covering these things before moving onto more specialized courses in things like textile designs, cabinet making and typography. Even the Bauhaus canteen was indicative of the movement’s beautiful yet functional design style. The school emphasized efficient design that embodied the function of the object itself and its materials.

 

Bauhaus furniture

The Bauhaus was founded in Germany; as a design school, by architect Walter Gropius to teach a wide variety of trades, from cabinet making and furniture design, to weaving, metalwork, and painting. The design favored simplified forms, rationality, and functional use.

 

Mid-century modern living room

Modern décor living room furniture pieces have clean lines and organic shapes with minimal ornament beyond the shape of the piece itself. It also tend to have tapered edges and rounded edges without hard angles. Colors in these spaces tend to be bold, with primary and secondary colors used a lot. Graphic or geometric patterns are also common in these spaces. Wood tones tend to be light [either a Scandinavian blonde finish or an acorn or teak coloring].

 

Modern homes

The popular modern décor designs of today feature heavy textures, ornamentation, and contrasting elements. One defining component of modern design is the minimalistic touch. Modern designs heavily rely on lack of fussiness. Clean lines, neutral colors, and boldly designed furniture… that’s what you see.

 

Mid century

Mid-century design refers to the dominant furnishings of the mid-20th century—simple, functional wooden pieces made from teak and curved designs became very popular. "Midcentury modern design evolved in response to a post-World War II environment," Liza Kuhn explains.

 

Hollywood regency style

The Hollywood regency design is the style that birthed the glam era. It gave us sumptuous, rich texture, lavish details, and luxurious accents. It yearned to make any space feel as opulent as possible.

 

Vintage hollywood regency decor

Vintage Hollywood regency Decor is usually kept in the same color palette, and only one or two patterns are used, so it doesn't feel too busy. Black and white is a usual combination, and jewel tones are incorporated for pops of color. Hollywood Regency leaned heavily on the decor accents to bring the glam. Luxurious fabric and textiles are incorporated, like velvet, silk, and even fur.

 

Hollywood regency furniture

Hollywood Regency features richly layered textures, high contrast patterns, metallic finishes, and bold colors”. You won't find a lack of color or pattern in Hollywood Regency, but both are definitely used deliberately. The patterns and colors used are so bold; you don't want to go over the top. Hollywood regency Decor is usually kept in the same color palette, and only one or two patterns are used, so it doesn't feel too busy.

 

 

 

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