Assistant (Mrs Tanja Seppala) also began working in the house. By the end of 2001, activities within EADV House were fully functional, and in fact thereafter grew steadily. This chapter describes the nature of Art Nouveau, the life of the architect (Ernest Blerot), the house itself and its recent functions . Art Nouveau (1880–1910) Centred in Western Europe this decorative arts movement began as an opposition to the historical emphasis in mid-19 th century art. The movement was established as the first new decorative style of the 20 th century at the 1900 World Fair in Paris. Art Nouveau (meaning New Art) had a decorative style and dedication to natural forms and was internationally popular from 1880–1910. The movement had its basis in Romanticism and Symbolism. With its origins in London (known as Arts and Crafts), the movement spread quickly throughout Europe and into the USA, mainly due to the influence of the photo-illustrated art magazines as well as international exhibitions. Art Nouveau has two facets: a) that of a style appropriate to new ways of living (lighting, hygiene and transport) and b) that of a quest to embellish daily life (artists trained in the traditional fine arts devoted themselves to the applied arts). The creators pondered the lasting nature of craft production methods as well as the need to provide industry with models of high quality in order to raise the aesthetical levels of mass production. These traditional products were costly and accessible only to the well-off. Indeed, in Vienna the Viennese workshops were wholeheartedly committed to costly craft production in the belief that it was for the bourgeoisie to play its part in artistic patronage! Its style was characterised by detailed patterns and curving lines with the use of leaves, flowers and vines. This exhibited itself in the form of cast-iron railings representing flowers and nature, and also in the form of inlays in the flooring. This style could also be demonstrated in furniture, jewellery, book design and illustration.
Art Nouveau was readily adopted by the whole of Europe, particularly in countries or regions claiming greater cultural auto- nomy, or those experiencing economic prosperity. The Art Nouveau fashion was to diminish in influence from 1906 onwards and disappeared almost completely during the First World War (1914–18). The Architect Ernest Blerot was born on 21 February 1870 in Ixelles, the district of Brussels where the EADV House is situated. He was the