20th Century and Furniture

Topics: Art Nouveau, 20th century, Furniture Pages: 2 (513 words) Published: February 11, 2013
According to the oxford dictionary, furniture is defined as movable large equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for living or working. The word originates from the French word "furnir" which means "to furnish". Just like everything in the world, furniture – the way it looks, its usage, prices, purpose, and materials used to make it – changes… it evolves. Furniture is an art form that can be used to decorate any living space and can be used to stimulate human activity; it has changed over the centuries to become more and more functional for our daily lives and for multi purposes. Back in the Neolithic period furniture was made out of stone which in our current lives is completely impractical, but back then furniture was not used how it is used now. Evidence of furnishing exists in ancient paintings from the Neolithic period, in sculptures in Pompeii, tombs including furniture have also been excavated in Egypt, modern day Turkey, and modern day Vietnam. About all pieces of furniture were handcrafted up till the beginning of the 20th century but that has changed since furniture had been introduced to mass production (producing large quantities at once) , modern technology helped make furniture accessible for the general public. yet ironically, most pieces of industrially made furniture cannot compare to neither quality or design of the handcrafted ones such as a beautiful oak dining table, although mass produced furniture can feature elaborate ornamentation as well but does not reveal as much attention to details as furniture that has been handcrafted. Nevertheless, handcrafted furniture is often superior over industrially made one when it comes to quality as well as durability. Handcrafted furniture is considered antique or vintage in the 20th century and so is relatively more expensive than industrially made furniture. Over the past 100 years (1900 – 2000) furniture has become multifunctional as well as more...
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