International Style

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International style

An influential modernist style in architecture that developed in Europe and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, characterized chiefly by regular, unadorned geometric forms, open interiors, and the use of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete.

International Style



(Architecture) a 20th-century architectural style characterized by undecorated rectilinear forms and the use of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete

In′terna′tional Style′

a style of 20th-century architecture characterized by simple geometric forms, smooth surfaces, large areas of glass, and steel or reinforced concrete construction.

Internationalism, International Style

a style, current since the 1920s, that makes use of modern constructional advances to create buildings reflecting characteristic industrial forms and emphasizing both volume and horizontality through ribbon windows, smooth and undecorated wall surfaces, and flat roofs, with contrasts introduced by curved or cylindrical forms and cantilevered projecting features.
See also: Architecture

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European interwar style, so-called in 1932, that spread to America and the rest of the world. Its functional, often standardized furniture is made today.
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