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:
Bold, religious influences.
Back to power, more based on reason and science, authority.
Influences from different styles, still getting across authority, industrial revolution.
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.
Elaborate, all about natural aesthetic (plants,bone etc), growth.
Bold, machine aesthetic, geometric shapes, sometimes Egyptian influence
Modern, clean, harsh lines/edges
Futuristic, inventive, variation.