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Pre-Modern Style included different sensibilities, movements, and artists such as  Thonet, The Shakers, Arts and Crafts, the Chicago and Glasgow Schools.

example of Arts and Crafts- Sonargaon Folk Arts & Crafts Museum

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Thonet Style

Michael Thonet was born in 1796. He was a cabinet maker. He had projected a new process of making furnishings out of a combination of bent and glued wooden parts. The Boppard Layerwood Chair was his first true success, although he failed in getting a patent for the technology he used to design it.

Boppard Chair (1836-40), Michael Thonet

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Thonet  Chair,”Chair no. 14″ (“Konsumstuhl Nr. 14”) from 1859

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Shaker Style

It has no ornaments in the design of the woodworks. The most relevant values of Shaker furniture are good craftsmanship, functionality, and simplicity. It was believed that all things were meant to be created in the name of religion. The concern for spirituality looked for perfection in craftsmanship without taking shortcuts.

Dining Table 1800–1825 United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (“Shakers”), Mount Lebanon, New York

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Farm Table of Reclaimed Wood with Shaker style legs

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Wash Stand 1810–30 United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (“Shakers”), Mount Lebanon, New York

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Arts and Crafts

The Arts and Crafts movement was made created by a group of English designers and writers that wanted a return to well-made by hands, goods poor-quality products. This will create something unique, had as a result, stylized flowers, allegoric figures from the Bible, and literature, for example.


Trellis (1862-1864)- William Morris

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Arts and crafts interior design.

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Arts and Crafts Furniture. 25th Ickworth Wood & Craft Fair 2014

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Glasgow School

The Glasgow School was born as a circle of influential artists and designers that began to work together in Glasgow. Famous groups included “The Four”: Margaret MacDonald, the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, MacDonald’s sister Frances and Herbert McNair. They were important in the creation of the distinctive Glasgow Style.

Glasgow school style building.

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‘Glasgow School of Art’

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Chicago school

Much of its early work is also known as the Commercial style. In the history of art, the first Chicago School was a movement of architects active in Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century. They started promoting new technologies of steel-frame construction in commercial structures, along with the concern for the use of space. A Second Chicago School started designing with new building technologies structural systems.

Montauk building in Chicago.

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