Art Deco Style
Like many design movements throughout the ages Art Deco is making a comeback with its popular eclectic style that’s all the rage at the moment.
This blog highlights key information about the Art Deco style which can provide you with great inspiration for your home.
Art Deco History
Art Deco originated by serving the need of a design and style conscious middle class wanting to display its new defined taste for things modern and exotic.
Rich colour, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation characterise the style.
During the period between 1910-1939 the Art Deco style blossomed and flourished.
This style has come to be viewed as the most exciting decorative of the century, introducing or utilising such diverse elements such as the richly lacquered oriental style screen and the tubular steel chair, the ebony veneered ivory dotted writing desk, the vivid geometric angular ceiling or wall light fixture, the classically or coquettishly draped glass figurine and the stylised ceramic polar bear.
It also ushered in the era of the ‘total interior’, which dominated the thinking of both designers and clients.
Art Deco took after its predecessor Art Nouveau, which was the first style to break from the dullness of the late nineteen-century contemporaries.
Art Deco was the first truly modern style of Interior Decoration in its use of new technologies and materials, which was combined with pure traditional craftsmanship as well as industrial designers making simpler more practical furniture for smaller rooms.
Art Deco was a globally popular style and affected many areas of design.
It was used in array of products such as furniture, cars, textiles, jewellery, clocks, and electronic items such as radios, telephones, and jukeboxes.
It had a heavy influence on architecture, interior design, industrial design,fashion, graphic arts and cinema.
Art Deco Around the world
The classic elegance and good taste of high-style Art Deco can best be seen in the outstanding Parisian Interiors of the 1920s which were often a collaborative effort of furniture and textile designers, painters and sculptors and an array of other artists and craftsmen.
Art Deco was also represented as luxury and exuberance in many public works.
In Paris, there are some true architectural gems, from Art Deco palaces at the Trocadéro to modernist constructions by Le Corbusier and stunning municipal swimming pools. Even a handful of parks and gardens were landscaped according to art deco aesthetics.
In England London is famous for many examples of Art Deco. One of the most recognised Art Deco interiors is the commercial daily express building reception hall in Fleet Street London with its wonderful rippling confections of metal, lighting fixtures and balustrades.
Other decorative and structural elements are sheathed in white and yellow metal.
English homes also boasted splendid decors with cheerful overstuffed settee and chairs, geometric throw rugs, brightly patterned curtains.
Art Deco in the US was a reflection of high style of Paris – with lacquered surfaces, puffy chairs, and floral motifs.
Many lavish Art deco public spaces were built for wealthy clientele in this style such as hotel and restaurant interiors, lobbies and waiting rooms.
One of Manhattans most famous Art Deco buildings is the Chrysler building which features a stunning lobby with marble walls, ornamental metalwork, a ceiling fresco and banks of exotic wood lifts with papyrus like plant forms engraving.
The gleam of metal and marble lobby of Madison Avenue also contains a lot of Art Deco touches.
With the continuous chevron pattern on the floor, the lighting fixtures along the lifts in the background and the massive metal sheathed and banded fluted column in the foreground.
Art Deco in your home
Now with a bit of history and examples of Art Deco Interiors go ahead see how an Art Deco influence can transform your home for the better!
Dare to be bold with bold geometric patterns, lucrative patterns and luxurious furniture and textiles.