How to read an object

Objects can be read the same as buildings can (as I explained in the ‘how to read a building’ blog), all you have to know is the characteristics and ideas of a certain time period/movement/style.

I looked for different objects (tables, chairs, mirrors etc) that were from, or took inspiration from these styles (Some of them have no pictures, but I will upload when I find good examples).

Key characteristics of styles:

CLASSIC

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Memorial, Weston Park

GOTHIC

Bold, religious influences.

BAROQUE

Decorative, power.

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Picture frame, Graves gallery exhibition

ROCOCO

Extravagant, theatrical.

Mirror, Sheaf Island/Weatherspoons

Mirror, Sheaf Island/Weatherspoons

NEOCLASSICAL

Back to power, more based on reason and science, authority.

VICTORIAN

Influences from different styles, still getting across  authority, industrial revolution.

Victorian era chair

There is the classic Victorian style that everyone think of, but the Wassily chair (below) is also from the similar era, but it looks so ahead of it’s time.

Wassily chair

ART NOUVEAU

Elaborate, all about natural aesthetic (plants,bone etc), growth.

ART DECO

Bold, machine aesthetic, geometric shapes, sometimes Egyptian influence

A necklace

MODERNISM

Modern, clean, harsh lines/edges

POST MODERNISM

Futuristic, inventive, variation.

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