Feeding on other European arts and crafts-influenced groups and fuelled by interest in the Oriental taste French art nouveau designers established a group at Nancy, Alsace-Lorraine, during the mid- 1890’s. It was centred on the works of Emile Galle (glass and furniture designer) and Louis Maj’orelle (metalwork and furniture). The phrase “Art Nouveau” was a reflection of the “newness” of these designs and the name of a shop dedicated to the best of contemporary design. Art-loving patron Samuel Bing established his atelier “L’Art Nouveau” at Paris selling pieces from Germany and England in addition to French work. The natural world was a major stimulus to “L’Ecole de Nancy”, Emile Galle’s group, with furniture lines echoing the sinuosity of plant growth patterns. The multi-layered cameo-cut glass technique of Galle and the Daum Freres was a drawcard at the 1900 Paris Exhibition showcasing the new style, which had a limited market.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.