Vintage design refers to an item of another era that often of important, and recognizable value. This style of design can be applied categories such as vintage, interior design,and decor. Vintages design has sparked popularity in the contemporary world. It can also be narrowed down into subcategories. Categories of vintage design include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Badges, Letterpress, Mid-century Modern, Punk, Steampunk, Atomic Age, Swiss Style, and Vaporware.Vintage design has risen in popularity, and price as of recent years. Outlets of vintage design have also shifted from thrift store, to shabby chic stores.
There is debate over what determines an item as vintage. Some rely on the definition by anything old and of value as vintage. Others create a more limited bracket dictating only objects old enough to have been “used”, but not more than two generations old.
The terms vintage, retro, and antique are oftentimes used interchangeably and have some overlay, however the words possess different definitions. As for the definitions retro refers to styles of a previous era, vintage refers to an older object contains important value, and lastly antique refers an item of the previous era or at least 100 years old (depending on the source).A related term is antiquity, which indicates something of past eras, or simply put ancient.
Sectores of Vintage Design
Art Deco was created in the hopes of looking modern, and man made for the decades of the 1920s and 30s when it was popular. This style features mostly geometric shapes, syethical patterns, and idealized human figures.
Art Nouveau is a style containing curved lines, flowers, and other plants, contrasting colors, ornat colors, young women and intricate details. It was created at the end of the 1800s and gained popularity at the start of the 1910s.
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Vintage items spark interest in many. The United States Department of Labor tells us that, “Design and fashion trends play an important part in the production of furniture. The integrated design of the article for both esthetic and functional qualities is also a major part of the process of manufacturing furniture.
The popularity of vintage design and vintage inspired item can be seen through media. In 2004 designer Nicolas Ghesquiere created a line for Balenciaga which called back to older collections. Tom Ford's collection for her also uses references to the past. Vintage design can also be seen in ads which promote vintage inspired clothing.
There are several reasons for vintage designs popularity. Some claim the phenomenon is due to the rarity and classic value of the items. Others state the reason to be a result of nostalgia creating a positive emotional appeal for people toward a decade of their childhood, or other experience.
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