History of Italian Design Furniture

Italian design refers to all forms of design in Italy, including interior design, urban design, fashion design and architectural design. Italy is recognized as being a worldwide trendsetter and leader in design. Italian furniture design in the 1900s was particularly well-known and grew to the heights of class and sophistication. In the early 1900’s Italian furniture designers struggled to create an equal balance between classical elegance and modern creativity. Moving forward to the 1910s and 1920s Italian furniture design was very similar to that of French art deco styles. Italian furniture is designed with exotic materials thus creating sumptuous furniture.

Italian furniture has been in high demand for many years Italian furniture designers have responded to such changing needs painted Italian furniture furnishes some very attractive accent pieces that are suited to a wide range of traditional and modern decorating solutions. Such painted furniture makes use of designs and painting techniques that were employed for the furniture in the homes and castles of nobles and rich merchants in the medieval period.

Italian furniture produced by contemporary manufacturers using traditional designs and decorations. Such pieces of Italian furniture combine the attractiveness of traditional craftsmanship with the advantages of modern materials and technology. In addition many of these “historical” pieces of Italian furniture employ hand finishing by expert furniture makers and artists.

What is Italian Style Furniture?

During the 15th century in Italy there arose great renewed interest in the heritage of the antique architecture, sculpture, furniture and other fine arts of ancient Rome, called the European renaissance. This revival of classicism in Italian furniture occurred principally between the years 1400 and 1650. 18th – early 19th century Renaissance took its rise in Italy where the Grecian ornament had influenced Roman and early Italian furniture.

Italian Furniture in Venice

Wood-workers of Venice make sometimes grotesque carvings. In addition to walnut the Venetian cabinet-makers used other woods as the groundwork for their furniture inlays and veneering like willow, sycamore and lime.

Italian Furniture in Florence

In Florence the basic or primary material for the Tuscan furniture is wood like chestnut, cypress, fir and poplar. They also use a bit of iron, leather and metal into the patterns or designs. The beautiful Florentine folding chair of X-like form was the forerunner of state chairs.

Italian Furniture in Milan

In Milan brown walnut was frequently inlaid with ivory and bone by a process known as certosina, ebony, and ebonised woods, inlaid with ivory, produced many remarkable effects. Antique Italian marble coffee tables enjoyed a surge throughout Europe and America in the mid-late 1800’s.