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Art Nouveau is an art-historical epoch, originating around 1900 in England and France and quickly attaining worldwide significance. It influenced almost all areas of applied and visual art, with the idea of a fusion of art and life. A typical feature is the decorative style with long, curved lines, which are based on flat, linear ornaments. The high-quality, exotic materials were often excellently processed, which is why he is still considered artistic and elitist today.
Since all areas from interior decoration to architecture were influenced by this style, it created a broad economic basis for artists and craftsmen. The highest quality of craftsmanship and artisan refinement stands for Art Nouveau, just as the works of important artists of this time demonstrate their unique stylistic features. Hardly any other movement has achieved such a connection again, with the same acceptance among contemporaries.
With the Viennese Secession and the Wiener Werkstätten, Formost concentrated on the German-speaking countries and in particular the great artist, thinker and teacher Henry van der Velde was at the centre of our interest.
As an outstanding designer, his life's work combines Jugendstil with the founding of the Deutscher Werkbund and the Bauhaus in Weimar. Ultimately, Wilhelm Wagenfeld felt so close to this artist that he stayed in Weimar when the Bauhaus moved to Dessau.
With its sensuousness and nature as a source of design, Art Nouveau continues to be a source of inspiration for young designers to the present day, and especially in the textile sector where there are regularly amazing redesigns with roots in Art Nouveau.