Liberty – Art Nouveau Style – 1890-1910

The late 19th Century to early 20th Century saw the arrival of the style that came to be known as Art Nouveau. An innovative but short lived style that became an important bridge between the historicism of Neoclassicism and modernism.

The designs took on local and National tendencies but was always characterised by its flowing lines and in some parts of the world with whiplash motifs whose central characteristics are clean lines and sharp edges formed by dynamic, undulating, and flowing lines in a syncopated rhythm. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environment.

Art Nouveau in architecture and interior design eschewed the eclectic revival styles of the 19th century. Though Art Nouveau designers selected and ‘modernised’ some of the more abstract elements of Rococo style, such as flame and shell textures, they also advocated the use of very stylised organic forms as a source of inspiration, expanding the ‘natural’ repertoire to use seaweed, grasses, and insects. The softly-melding forms of 17th-century auricular style, best exemplified in Dutch silverware, was another influence.

As leaders in luxury architectural ironmongery, we have created a Collection of products all hand crafted and forged or cast from premium grade solid brass also covering door handles, door knobs, entrance door furniture, window fittings and a range of other accessories. Our products all possess the sleek streamlined forms, conveying elegance and sophistication typical to the Art Nouveau era.

As was common in this architectural period most Liberty products are face fixed to the door with exposed screw heads and are supplied (fittings are supplied). All door knobs and levers are sold in pairs but they can be ordered singularly if specifically required. Knobs are left unsprung and levers are sprung, unless otherwise requested.

All Liberty products are available in our extensive range of surface patinations. See our Finishes page to find out more.

Please browse through the product types to view the Collection.

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