The History of Furniture: Asian History

The term Asian furniture, or sometimes Oriental furniture, refers to a type of furniture that originated in the continent of Asia. Sometimes people also think of Asian furniture as a style of furniture that has Asian accents. With assimilation with western culture, the term can also expand to modern Asian furniture.

Southeast Asian furniture

Europeans began to receive and collect Asian furniture in the 18th century. Southeast Asian furniture such as Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Javanese, and Balinese furniture are now becoming more prominent and appreciated. Other Asian furniture such as South Asian and Indian are also becoming more popular in interior decorating. There is also the colonial furniture made for the British during their rule in Asia, which includes furniture mostly from India and Myanmar and their reproductions. Southeast Asian furniture is usually dark brown with a lot of Hindu-influence carving. Some may have Polynesian accents such as those from eastern parts of Indonesia. Read More »The History of Furniture: Asian History

The History of Furniture: Contemporary

In today’s home, contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark. Today’s contemporary style is equally appropriate for offices and stores, loft apartments, and traditional homes. In this article, we will discuss more about Contemporary furniture. First, What’s a contemporary style? Fundamentally, a contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. Interiors tend to showcase space rather than things. So usually, things that are modern and current with the styles of the moment are contemporary styles. By focusing on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh. To achieve the look of a contemporary home, it’s important to stick to some basic rules.Read More »The History of Furniture: Contemporary

The History of Furniture: Early North American

Furniture is often something we take for granted. But, each piece has a storied history. Now we are going to talk about some of those histories in Europe and in North America too. The earliest European settlers in America arrived with only the most basic provisions to re-create their material existence. Most brought little in the way of furniture beyond a chest, small boxes, and other simple storage containers. Plentiful American timber made it unnecessary to ship bulky furniture across the Atlantic at a great expense: thus, from the beginning, furniture making was an essential trade in the colonies.

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The History of Furniture: 17th centuries (Baroque Style)


During the 17th century, the population of England and Wales grew steadily. During this period England also became steadily richer. With about 4 million in 1600 and it grew to about 5 ½ million by 1700, trade and commerce also grew. By the late 17th century trade was an increasingly important part of the English economy. Meanwhile, industries such as glass, brick, iron, and coal mining have expanded rapidly.

For the upper class and the middle-class life grew more comfortable. But for the poor life changed little At the end of the 17th century a writer estimated that half the population could afford to eat meat every day. In other words, about 50% of the people were wealthy or at least reasonably well off. Below them, about 30% of the population could afford to eat meat between 2 and 6 times a week. They were ‘poor’. The bottom 20% could only eat meat once a week.

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The History of Furniture: Renaissance

What was life like in the Renaissance? As Europe transformed from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the daily life of each person also changed as well. Even though many people still lived hard lives full of work and toil. While people began to enjoy more luxuries, finer foods, nicer clothes, and the arts. There were also more craftsmen, artisans, and merchants who developed into a middle class of people who had money but weren’t nobles or royalty.

The Italian Renaissance Furniture

Medieval furniture in Europe has survived until the Renaissance they made furniture in relatively small quantities. The new interest in Greek and Roman antiquities influenced Italian Renaissance furniture and benefited from an interest in the art of many of the wealthy people. Like most of the movies we watch about the renaissance time, marriage during that time was a major component of the “good life” during the period. It was also a complicated affair shaped by the intersection of private desires with more practical considerations. Delve into the ways Renaissance societies constructed marriage, and how marriage customs differed depending on geographic location.

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The History of Furniture: Middle Ages

We all live in the present and we plan for the future – but how do we understand where we’re going and what the progress looks like? To know exactly where you’re going, you first need to understand where you have come from. For that, you need an appreciation of history. To continue where we left off, in this article we will discuss the middle ages where it began in 426 when Rome fell and lasted until 1453. With the collapse of the Roman Empire during the 4th–5th centuries, Europe sank into a period in which little furniture, except the most basic, was used such as chairs, stools, benches, and primitive chests were the most common items. Read More »The History of Furniture: Middle Ages