The Art Nouveau by Henry F. Lenning (auth.)

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Havana Company Cigar Store, Berlin ( 1900) 37 HENRY VAN DE VELDE furniture, but his treatment of woods to emphasize their peculiar textures and colors, and unusual stylization of the wallpaper designs were noteworthy. During 1900, in Berlin, Van de Velde completed the Havana Company Cigar Store in the Mohrenstrasse (fig. 7), and the Van de Velde Fig. 8. Haby Barbershop, Haby Barbershop (fig. 8), Berlin ( 1900) the interiors of which were part of the same experimental stylistic trend. They are interesting to compare, for, although the principle of a simple wall background with superimposed linear ornamentation was continued, the cigar store was predominantly curvilinear in design, even to the shelves on which the cigar packages and boxes were stacked.

They are almost Belgian in design - solid and rectilinear, a pleasant contrast to their elaborate surroundings. Finally, it should be noted that floral designs occur in the lily-shaped glass electric bulb shades and in the pastel carpet. The most important exhibition, of course, was the house of the Art Nouveau Bing (fig. I7) which, to quote Gabriel Mourey in Studio, "stands in the left-hand part of the Esplanade des Invalides, in the midst of the Breton village. The contrast between the calvaries, the granite churches, the ancient buildings, and the modernity of this facade, adorned with a frieze of orchids in relief, and with its walls adorned by Georges de Feme's panels, representing Architecture, Sculpture and Ceramics, is quite fascinating.

Dresden Exposition ( 1897) Lounge those in the Lounge are the most interesting. Here there is an urbanity, a smoothness previously lacking in his style. But linearism cannot be translated directly into architecture and Van de Velde was forced to choose between decoration on flat surfaces with clear-cut outlines and working out contrasts of three-dimensional forms. He chose the latter and it is this manner which he thoroughly exploited in later years. The careful disposition of the plastic units of the Lounge introduced a new note into contemporary interior architecture.

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