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
What was it like to live in an ancient Greek house? What was ancient Greek life like? The ancient Greeks kept themselves busy and there were plenty of chores, distractions, and entertainments available to keep daily life varied. Ancient Greece had a warm, dry climate, as Greece does today. Most people lived by farming, fishing, and trade. Others were soldiers, scholars, scientists, and artists. Greek cities had beautiful temples with stone columns and statues, and open-air theatres where people sat to watch plays. Shopping in the markets of the agora, performing jury service, watching sporting events, or listening to the latest play kept the Greeks out of the house. There might, too, be religious rituals to watch, processions to see, and drinking parties to attend. In the last article, we examine all the things the ancient Greeks got up to on a regular basis as well as related by looking at their furniture and style that inspired the designers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Now we have come to the last part of “The History of Furniture: Ancient Egypt, Greece, & Rome (3/3)”Read More »The History of Furniture: Ancient Rome (3 of 3)
Yes! We know this history of furniture article series is really interesting! Learning history how furniture design has been a part of the human experience since the beginning of history, enables us to develop a better understanding of the world in which we live. By building knowledge and understanding of historical events and trends, especially over the past century enables us to develop a much greater appreciation for current events today in our life. For those of you who missed our first series of this article please do check our introduction article before you start. We have uploaded the Neolithic Period and Ancient Rome. In this article, we will continue to discuss ancient Greece furniture.
Greek culture can be said to have begun with the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans in Crete. The Minoans built vast palaces and were skilled in metalwork, pottery, artwork, and the crafting of jewelry. Civilization on the Greek mainland followed closely behind that of Crete, and Greece soon became the cultural center of the ancient world. Ancient Greek civilization was at its zenith during the Classical era, from 499 BC to 79 BC.Read More »The History of Furniture: Ancient Greek (2 of 3)
What would life have been like way back in the Stone Age? It was so long ago that little evidence remains except at Skara Brae. Want to know more about the Neolithic life and see what the houses and furniture in the ancient life on the British Isles? Click here. We’ve mentioned that Skara Brae is famous for its incredible preservation, but how great is it? Visitors to the archaeology site today can actually sit in the furniture used by the original inhabitants! How is this possible? Well, it’s not just because the sands covered and preserved the site. It’s because every piece of furniture in Skara Brae is made of stone. In this part of Scotland, wood is extremely scarce. So, the inhabitants of Skara Brae had to make do with what they had, and what they had was stone. In this article, we are going to find out more about ancient furniture that has been excavated from the 8th-century, the Midas Mound, in Gordion, Turkey. Pieces found here include tables and serving stands.
Furniture has been a part of the human experience since the development of non-nomadic cultures. Evidence of furniture survives from the Neolithic Period and later in antiquity in the form of paintings such as the wall murals discovered at Pompeii; sculpture and examples have been excavated in Egypt and found in tombs in Ghiordes, in modern-day Turkey. People have been using natural objects, such as tree stumps, rocks, and moss, as furniture since the beginning of human civilization. Archaeological research shows that from around 30,000 years ago, people started to construct and carve their own furniture, using wood, stone, and animal bones. Early furniture from this period is known from artwork such as a Venus figurine found in Russia, depicting the goddess on a throne. The first surviving extant furniture is in the homes of Skara Brae in Scotland and includes cupboards, dressers, and beds all constructed from stone.
Studying history enables us to develop a better understanding of the world in which we live. Building knowledge and understanding of historical events and trends, especially over the past century, enables us to develop a much greater appreciation for current events today. You can’t build a framework on which to base your life without understanding how things work in the world. History paints us a detailed picture of how society, technology, things, and government worked way back when so that we can better understand how it works now. Right now, we are going to share with you the history of furniture. Without any further due let’s dive into it.