Furniture Shapes, Styles and Functions

Published: 08th February 2010
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Furniture types and styles are an interesting subject of study to modern furniture historians. Furniture styles, shapes, and function have changed with times and with foreign influences all over the world. This article attempts to discuss several different types of and styles of furniture inspired by different movements.

Any typical furniture museums, of course, will display many more furniture types and styles, of which only a few are listed here.

1. Colonial Style Furniture: Colonial style furniture, mainly stemming out of British colony life in all commonwealth settlements, have a distinctive dark wood, polished veneer, simply designed legs, posts, or columns, and round, curved edges of furniture items

2. Queen Anne Furniture: Probably became famous because it took its name from the legendary figure. Queen Anne was popular reddish brown, cherry wood furniture with filigree work on edges and columns or head-posts.

3. Art Deco Furniture: As the name suggest, this type of furniture is known for its artistic, one-of-a-kind design attributes and unconventional looks. Art deco furniture is more popular among the modern youth or the intellectuals.

4. Wrought Iron Furniture: These furniture items are lightweight, portable, and durable. Available both as household furniture and garden furniture, this furniture type became popular because wood started to become very costly and unpractical in a mobile society. Wrought-iron furniture designs are different from conventional wood furniture designs so they stand out and generally have a finished look of glass, vinyl, plastic, and other cloth upholstery.

5. Logwood Furniture: This furniture style again, is popular in tourist resorts, beaches, reserved forest, or even in some week-end homes where cheap lumber or wood is available in plenty and mostly, local unskilled labor just chop and hammer in these logs to convert them into usable, furniture items.

6. Stone Furniture: Generally stone furniture is utilized in public parks or gardens where furniture items are permanently grounded, so that they do not pose a safety threat. Many upscale, modern museums and art galleries have made use of stone furniture items to enhance the "artsy" appearance of their environments.

7. Glass Furniture: Many worldwide furniture brands have made glass furniture popular among the rich and famous. Modern buildings that use glass in their building infrastructure often make use of glass furniture items inside the rooms to project a symmetrical look all around. Glass furniture items are usually very expensive, upscale items and have to be supported on aluminum or metal posts or stands. Glass furniture look very trendy and many modern office buildings or public places have cashed in on its differential appearance.

Furniture designs and styles have evolved over the ages with many external influences periodically modifying the choice of materials, choice of shapes and patterns, and choice of functions too. Many modern-day furniture types are best known for their multi-functionality and simplistic designs suiting the bohemian lifestyle of its mobile owner.

Some notable furniture galleries all over the world have taken the trouble to record this evolution of furniture types and styles over the ages in their exhibition halls.Jane Cooper writes about modern furniture in Houston and bedroom furniture in Houston.

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