1930s Furniture: A Silver Lining of the Decade

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Published: 25th November 2010
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One can perceive 1930s furniture as a light at the end of the tunnel. This is because during very trying times in the United States, pieces of furniture created during that time served as a welcome ray of sunshine in such a gloomy period in history.

Modernism, which has been popular since the 1920s, continued to be a major influence in 1930s furniture. There were still many furniture pieces that had clean, streamlined shapes. Historical styles, such as Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian, became popular. Art deco, which also emerged in the 1920s, was still a major style the decade after. 1930s furniture came in striking colors, such as red, black and silver. For more conservative tastes, there were more subtle colors available: pale hues of pink, green and blue; coffee, buff and beige.

In many ways, 1930s furniture was similar to that of the previous decade. The streamlined style of furniture pieces in the 1920s remained a fixture in the 1930s. Boxy shapes also became a standard for home furnishings. For instance, the 1930s was the time when brown leather boxy armchairs was a must-have item, something that later became a timeless classic. The use of chrome was also retained from the last decade.

However, there were also new things that were original to the 1930s. First, there is Bakelite: it is a type of plastic utilized in the creation of everything from light switches to telephones. Also, the three-piece suite is something unique to 1930s furniture. A consumer can have a two- or three-piece settee with two armchairs, often available in a woollen, velvet material.

Though the1930s began in a dire economic situation due to the Stock Market Crash in 1929, there were still some people who were fortunate enough to furnish their home with visually interesting 1930s furniture.

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