Art Nouveau Lighting, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style Lights

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Art Nouveau lighting focused on quality and craftsmanship. Art Nouveau lights were fashionable towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign and Art Nouveau lighting was beautiful, graceful, symmetrical and fluid, with curvy lines and an emphasis on vertical height. Metals such as brass with an antique patina were used in the manufacture of Art Nouveau light fittings and metalwork designs would have included leaves, twisted plant tendrils, flowers, buds and seeds. The most famous exponent of the Art Nouveau style in the UK was the Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Use of the female form, often depicted with flowing hair, was popular particularly in the Art Nouveau table lamps. Art Nouveau ceiling lights and wall lights would have featured lightly coloured or alabaster glass shades that were frequently etched in beautiful designs. Many Tiffany glass lamps, ceiling lights and wall lights were made in the Art Nouveau style and these are still popular today.

Art Nouveau lighting works really well if you have vintage decorations and an Art Nouveau chandelier as a feature light in a dining room can look stunning. The Art Nouveau style lighting was concerned with natural forms and included stylised plants and flowers and, in particular, curved lines. Art Nouveau glass shades were in muted colours and included olive greens, dusky pinks, pale browns and beiges mixed with off-white and light fittings would have featured abstract floral motifs including poppies, thistles, water lilies and wisteria as well as peacock feathers, birds, dragonflies, insect wings and shells. Art Nouveau lighting largely went out fashion in the 1920’s, when it gave way to the Art Deco style lights. There was a revival of the Art Nouveau style in the 1960's and this beautiful lighting is still in demand today.