Adam Style definition

A British Neoclassical style in furniture and interior decoration in later 1700s started by Robert Adam.  In this style, there was a wide use of classical motifs that were painted or with inlaid decoration on rectilinear shapes with graceful proportions.  The style was a reaction against the whimsical, somewhat frivolous and asymmetrical Rococo furniture of the 1750s.  The style was characterized primarily by its ornamentation.  Adam thought architects should follow consistent actions in their buildings, and so he designed both the exterior and interior of his buildings with care.  His furniture was often ornamented with gilding of bronze or wood mounts, and he liked to use exotic woods.  His primary patrons were wealthy, as they could afford his elegant and often luxurious works.  In the same  decade, the Adam style was put down as being frivolous and just too much.  Yet, the style had a strong influence not only in Europe but also in Russia and the United States.