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Technology: Unit 2 : Research Styles of Furniture

Using historical and cultural styles

Looking at the work of others is a useful strategy when thinking about what you like and don't like as a designer, what appeals to a client, what might work in a particular situation or setting, and different approaches to the same design problem.

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Keep your search terms simple (no sentences, only key words).

Search via the name of your style. 

Google Search Tips

Exclude words from your search

Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car

Search for an exact match

Put a phrase inside quotes to find more accurate results. For example, "60s fashion".

Combine searches - Instead of doing separate searches for similar terms. 

Put "OR" between each search query. For example,  trousers OR pants.

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Historical and Cultural design styles

Modern Movements Full List: This section provides information about important movements and styles in modern art.


When searcing for Oriental Designs, also use the term : Asian Furniture Designs

Fashion houses

Fashion Designers who have turned to furniture design by Natalia Didovich, April 11th, 2017. (From, including designers such as Versace, Marni, Louisvuitton, Loewe.)

How fashion designers like Armani and Louis Vuitton are jumping on furniture as a savvy investment.

Fashion House Marni dives into outdoor furniture design by Liana Hayles Newton. April 26th 2012.

Fashion Designers turn Furniture designers @ Salone Milan 2015. May 21st, 2015.

Pop art

Pop Art was a revolutionary art movement aroused in the mid-1950s in Britain, then followed by the United States in the late 1950s. ... The influence of Pop arton furniture design during the 1960s was so obvious that it is surprising to find the term, “Pop Furniture” never mentioned before in history.


Search terms: ScandinavianDanish 

VIESSO - Scandinavian Furniture Design History

Wikipedia - Scandinavian Design (Remember to cross-reference the information you use form here with a reputable website)

Research Advice

1. Ensure you have a basic understanding of what you are looking for by using REFERENCE INFORMATION to start: 

  • Begin by browsing your textbook for styles and designers - take note of the descriptions and detail about the styles you choose (add this to your notes).
  • Next use other references resources (Britannica Encyclopedia and Wikipedia) to build on your notes.

2. Information uploaded by the public, like on Pinterest Wikipedia, and Youtube, can be great but MUST be cross-referenced with other sources to ensure accuracy.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell the slight differences between styles and decades, and online websites get this wrong too. Always be asking yourself:

  • Does this connect with what I already know?

  • Have l seen something similar to this before?

  • Can I cross reference this information I have already found or information elsewhere?

  • If in doubt, check with your teacher or teacher librarian. 

3. Make sure you also browse the amazing Library books available and the websites below too:


The Design Museum. (links so information about designs and exhibitions)

"Why a once-hated 1908's design movement is making a comeback". By Alissa Walker. July 11th, 2014

"Memphis design is having a moment - again". Here's why and a brief history lesson. By Arlene Hirst. April 23rd, 2015

De-zeen : Memphis (links to different uses of Memphis design)

Trend alert : 1980s Memphis design. By Laura Busche. May 2nd, 2016 from Tren designs (Blog Creative Market)


The Bauhaus was a design school Germany created in 1919 and shut down in 1933.
The forms in the Bauhaus furniture are frequently simple and light without decorative additive just following the needs of the consumer. Used are: steel, glass, bent wood, leathers and plastic. The most attentive colors are: generally black, white, brown, grey and chromium. Sometimes the primary colors of the furniture are used sporadically to accentuate and to give entirely the less dark appearance.

Bauhaus Furniture style : offers visual portrayals of different furniture items.

Timeless examples of Bauhaus design still relevant and popular. Discusses Bauhaus style with examples of furniture and wares.

Bauhaus Furniture. Discusses Bauhaus design, history and furniture


De-zeen Minimalist design (links to a number of ideas about minimalist designs in all areas of design)

The 8 Minimalist furniture you will need for 2017.

Minimalist furniture (Pinterest)


Gothic Revival was one of the most influential styles of the 19th century. Designs were based on forms and patterns used in the Middle Ages. Serious study was combined with a more fanciful, romantic vision of Medieval chivalry and romance. A wide range of religious, civic and domestic buildings were built and furnished in the Gothic Revival style, which flourished from 1830 to 1900. (Victoria and Albert Museum)



Vermont Wood Studios : Modern Shaker Furniture. (On-line Catalogue)

Free Woodworking plans in more depth on Shaker Furniture Download. By Dan Farnbach, July 3rd, 2013. From Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Shaker Furniture Plans : Gain some inspiration for your next project with this collection of classic furniture plans. Feb1st, 2013. From Fine Woodworking. View the slideshow!

Art Nouveau

Art nouveau furniture is generally characterized by delicately curving lines and floral motifs. This kind of furniture often has no straight lines at all.

Victoria and Albert Museum - Art Nouveau

Modernism (1950s-60s)

Timeline Overview

Interior Design Timeline

From Visually.

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Organic Style Furniture (Catalogue of ideas based on Organic furniture design)


Contemporary Furniture (Pinterest)

Contemporary Furniture - Houzz Australia on-line catalogue

De Stijl

The Netherlands-based De Stijl movement embraced an abstract, pared-down aesthetic centered in basic visual elements such as geometric forms and primary colors.

International modernism