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image 1Hardwood veneer was used to decorate moderne furniture of the twenties and thirties periods. English oak had been popular but there was a shortage of wood so veneer and decorated plywood was greatly used. Veneer involved glueing one thing layer of wood to a cheaper underlying material. Highly polished veneer panels could be made from cherry, birch, beech, chestnut, hickory, maple, oak, walnut, gum or poplar.

Elements that are easily identifiable in furniture pieces are elegant, geometrical designs and angular pieces. One only has to look at Art Deco architectural styles, such as the Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building in New York City, to admire this style's simplicity. Art Deco Dining Room Furniture: Love to know

Veneer furniture could be mass produced once synthetic glues were developed during the 1920's and 1930's. Veneer became the popular material choice for Bauhaus and Art Deco designers.

Light in weight and capable of being bent into elegant, curvilinear forms it has been in use in furniture making since the eighteenth century. Because it was so cheap, durable and easily accessible it became an important medium for experimentation by modernist designers from the 1920's onwards. The History of Plywood for the design and manufacture of Modern Furniture





Moderne Veneer Furniture Products

Deco World

Twenties & Art Deco Sofas: Scandecor

Furniture Love: Vintage 20th Century Design

20th Century Decorative Arts

Modernism Gallery: American & French Art Deco Furniture

Tomlinson Restored Antique Furniture- Art Deco


Links to Art Deco Shopping Web Sites


Miller's 100 Years of the Decorative Arts

The Art Deco House

Miller's 20th-century Design Buyer's Guide


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides

The History of Furniture Timeline

Antiques, Styles & Influences Through The Ages

Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association


Useful Links to Articles

Design Styles- Architecture, interiors and furnishings: Dezignare

Modern Furniture Classics by Monique Stern

1930s and Art Deco Fireplaces

Miami Moderism Fair

Tod Oldham Restoring Thonet Chairs

Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

Art Deco Forum


Art Deco House Style

Understanding the Edwardian and Inter-War Houses

Thirtiestyle: Home Decoration








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