Queen Anne, Chippendale, federal style, colonial revival, Victorian, Gothic revival, rococo revival ajmd Louis XV are just some of the recognised European design eras.
Given our population was so small, any items made in Australia before the 1850s are rare and important remnants of Australia’s early colonial period and are highly collectable. Pieces were usually bespoke, though based on English Georgian designers with most items made of cedar, or blackwood to imitate mahogany.
flourished between about 1890 and 1910 throughout Europe, the US and Australia. It is characterised by its use of flowing organic lines and was prevalent in art, architecture, furniture and decor.
originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style during the 1930s. Art deco lines are angular, clean, sleek and more masculine compared to the preceding era of art nouveau.
Hugely popular among contemporary collectors, this era boasts the design genius of Eames and Heywood as well as Danish designs and influence.
By definition anything retro is drawn from the recent past. In our era, that past would include the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.