Korinna Kriemhild. Furniture. August 19th , 2017.
Many industrial furniture designs today have been greatly influenced by the industrial workplaces of yesterday. Items once produced for factories, hospitals, schools, and commercial units are now being reproduced for our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and even our bedrooms. They also work great in office's and can add a lot of style to commercial settings. Many bars, restaurants, and even rental venues are using an industrial style to draw customers into a bygone era.
The Empire style furniture is massive, in grand scale and very masculine. It has a severe, heavy, masculine look with no carving. The wood carving which is very common in the previous styles of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI is generally replaced with wood veneers polished to a high sheen. To equalize the bareness of wood veneer, metal gilts are used to adorn the furniture. A good clue to identifying the Empire style is the vulgar use of ormolu mounts. Ormolus are gilt-metal decorations usually in different decorative motifs. These are usually drawn from antique sources or patriotic inspiration. There are motifs derived from Egyptian archeology. Falcon, sphinxes, cobras, obelisks, winged lions are just some of these Egyptian inspired decorations. Napoleon's fascination with his conquest of Egypt and later on the excavation of ruins by the French Egyptologists created so much interest in everything related to Egypt.
Using lemon oil on high gloss veneers is not recommended. It can however, be used for cleaning the scuff marks on the floors. Take a small amount of oil on a soft cloth or a sponge and gently rub to remove the marks. Once you have managed to remove the scuff marks with the oil, mop the floors as usual.
In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a couple of drops of jojoba oil or linseed oil. With a spoon, stir the ingredients properly. Now take a clean, soft cotton towel and dip an end in the solution. Moving in circular motion, use this cloth to wipe the furniture; for wooden furniture, go in the same direction as the grain. Take another dry, clean towel and wipe the oil off the furniture.
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