“Jugendstil” or “Art Nouveau” is an art-historic epoch at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. The German name originates from the magazine “Jugend”, that was first published in 1896. The style is characterised by strongly stylized forms of nature, primarily floral. However, beauty, functionality, and the conscious use of individual materials were equally important. Despite all decorative elements, due to industrial production, the furniture is simple. During this period entire rooms were increasingly designed as a whole. Other names for this style are “Reformstil” or “Sezessionstil”, after the Viennese Secession, or, in English, Modern Style, and in Italian “Stile Floreale”, or “Liberty”.
~ 1890 - 1920