Contemporary Impact


Although the Art Nouveau movement had a rapid decline because after the 1910 it already vanished, its importance in applied arts and architecture remains overwhelming. We can say that this style has every right to hold a great place in the history of art, especially in the history of art styles.

The Art Nouveau movement had a great influence on illustrators, artists and the printing trade in America including Art Nouveau revivial in the post-war 60s hippie movement. Even today, some of the best features of Art Nouveau can be seen throughout the visual communication industry – like this painting of Marilyn Monroe for “Visages De Renom” by New York illustrator Les Katz or the works of Milton Glaser and his Push-Pin studio.

The Art Nouveau has been re-evaluated in the last twenty years with the rise of postmodernism design. Artists all over the world are using as inspiration today elements of this modern art style like the sinuous lines, floral elements, the nature features and the characteristic colors. When you look at the images below you clearly get the idea and feel of art nouveau.

If we look at print designs, the nymph and floral oranaments are some of the most influential art nouveau elements used by graphic designers in their artworks. Some of the most beautiful print arts represent nymphs with floral elements, art nouveau specific colors like olive green, ocher and sinuous lines.

At least once a day we page through a magazine but never really give notice to the typography it self and take note of the design work that went into it. With the following images as examples:

Not that all of us notice this, but in many luxurious homes today, you will find that there are art nouveau styles within them. The home designs decorated in Art Nouveau style are characterized by the use of various prints and ornamental shapes. These are used in decorating the walls or in tapestry, in the textiles or even in the art artifacts or wall watches.


If you travel to Warsaw is an interesting visit Multikino cinema, located in the central Zlote Tarasy. Fully remodeled in order to create a unique and special in terms of design and technical solutions, this king of theaters-has the largest screen in Poland and 7 auditoriums, is a bold proposal to attract entertainment, contemporary and an air glam to the capital.

Fashion Designers are moving back in time with their designs, taking inspiration from the 1920’s where they look at art deco and art nouveau. In the images below you can clearly see the influence. With the use of floral designs and flowing lines which indicate art nouveau. And with the use of geometric shapes in linear lines you can see the art deco feel, to me some of these clothes also suit certain body types. Exentuating certain body parts of a woman in a way.



The colors of Art Deco that is still used:

Period colors were fantastic, contrasting combinations: black, chrome and white, yellow, red for hallways and living areas. Bedrooms favoured cream, beige, pale green. Painting design often included in strong geometric shapes. For best effect, this was paired with geometric-pattered rugs, faux leopard skin, and polished floors. Motifs were kept natural- shells, sunrises and flowers were popular. Fabrics were best in a plain or geometric design, and highlights added with cushions in solid blocks of color. Many of today’s living areas have a variety of cushions that vary in color and in geometric shapes.

Art Deco Furniture of Today

The essential elements of Art Deco furniture were bold geometric shapes based on traditional forms which is still popular today. Materials were Pine or Maple for less expensive lacquered or painted pieces; Mahogany, Walnut, or more exotic woods for finer examples. Sometimes metal or glass. A thirties-style leather club chair, a streamlined birdseye maple bedroom set, or a black lacquered cocktail cabinet are all examples of classic Art Deco furniture. Shapes were strong and streamlined, and furniture was better as single pieces rather than co-ordinating suites.The popular lighting of the time was a female figure holding a glass ball which was lit. The glass of the time was not colored like Art Nouveau but sandblasted,or etched or enamelled. All of the mentioned above are wildly spread throughout homes over the world and is still used.


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