When Edward VII ascended the throne in 1901, the
English-speaking world was ready for the dawning of
a new century -- and a new age in interior design.
It was time to jettison the dark, heavy clutter of
the Victorian era for something lighter, freer, and
altogether more exuberant.
Early twentieth-century architecture was eclectic,
so much so that in
England, some militated for a unified national
building style. The Edwardians resurrected elements
Medieval, and Tudor style,
constructing everything from quaint cottages to
Light, air and simplicity of detail were the
unifying principles of this
mix-and-match revivalism. Colors were fresher than
during the Victorian
era: pastel blues, lilacs, leaf green, muted
yellows, pearl gray. Floral
fabrics and wallpaper were complemented by the
liberal use of fresh flowers in informal
arrangements. Along with Sheraton, Chippendale,
Queen Anne and even
Baroque reproduction furniture, wicker and
bamboo began to be widely used, adding further
delicacy to the style.
Edwardian Style architectural details and
Ceiling medallions, cornices
and moldings. Authentic Period and Historic Home
All crafted in genuine plaster.
For commercial and residential environments.
Art Nouveau added a modern, original flavor to the
Taking their inspiration directly from nature,
rather than from the past,
Art Nouveau designers adorned a vast array of
ordinary household objects with stylized flowers,
vines, leaves, birds, dragonflies. An Edwardian
interior would not be complete without a Tiffany
lamp, an Art Nouveau clock, or perhaps a graceful,
high-backed black lacquer chair after the fashion of
Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Other possibilities:
Beardsley drawings, iridescent art glass, silver
frames with botanical motifs, or even a few peacock
feathers artfully displayed.
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