The 2022 release is another beautiful design, and after two years of drawing inspiration from the Middle East, we’re back in Europe, ironically in Art Mint’s homeland, France. Art Nouveau was a comprehensive style encompassing architecture, and the arts, particularly decorative. It reached a peak in popularity from 1890 before fizzling out at the beginning of the First World War, and drew elements from the flowing forms of nature, often hinting at movement, and using many modern materials, like glass, ceramics, and concrete.
It spread rapidly through Europe during its heyday, and it can be seen on innumerable structures continent wide, from Barcelona and Paris, to Glasgow and Helsinki. The style reached a peak at the 1900 Paris Exposition, where architecture (like Siegfried Bing’s pavilion), Lalique jewellery, ceramics by Alexandre Bigot, and much more in the field of arts and crafts. The movement gave way, in the 1920s, to Art Deco.