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furnishings

Noun

1 the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
2 accessory wearing apparel [syn: trappings]

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English

Noun

  1. the objects, other than furniture, that occupy an interior space

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Extensive Definition

The decorative arts are traditionally defined as ornamental and functional works in ceramic, wood, glass, metal, or textile. The field includes ceramics, furniture, furnishings, interior design, and architecture. The decorative arts are often categorized in opposition to the "fine arts", namely, painting, drawing, photography, and large-scale sculpture. Some distinguish between decorative and fine art based on functionality, intended purpose, importance, status as a unique creation, or single-artist production. Decorative arts, or furnishings, may be fixed (for example, wallpaper), or moveable (for example, lamps).

Selected bibliography

  • Fiell, Charlotte and Peter, eds. Decorative Art Yearbook (one for each decade of the 20th century). Translated. Bonn: Taschen, 2000.
  • Fleming, John and Hugh Honour. Dictionary of the Decorative Arts. New York: Harper and Row, 1977.
  • Frank, Isabelle. The Theory of Decorative Art: An Anthology of European and American Writings, 1750–1940. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.
  • Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Thornton, Peter. Authentic Decor: Domestic Interior, 1620–1920. London: Seven Dials, 2000.
furnishings in Bulgarian: Декоративно изкуство
furnishings in Finnish: Sisustus
furnishings in French: Arts décoratifs
furnishings in Japanese: インテリア
furnishings in Georgian: დეკორატიული ხელოვნება
furnishings in Macedonian: Декоративна уметност
furnishings in Polish: Rzemiosło artystyczne
furnishings in Swedish: Inredning

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