Believe it or not, there’s actually a HISTORY of interior design styles – mid-century modern is not the only design style that exists. Design has always been influenced primarily by the world around them, but the first style to really spread internationally was ART DECO. This is one of my favs. It was heavily influenced by the art world which one of the main reasons I love it so much. First – a little history…..
Art Deco first appeared in France just before WWI. It got its name, short for Arts Decorators, from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts which was held in Paris in 1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. It gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, influencing the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and even common household items such as radios and vacuum cleaners. During that time, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, and exuberance – which is why I love it!
How to Recognize It
Art Deco is a combination of many styles, sometimes contradictory to each other. Bold geometrics, bright colours, exotic styles, and luxe materials like ebony and ivory in furniture and craftsmanship, were all mashed together with the desire to be modern. The geometrics are the most popular element of this style (think the Chrysler Building).
There are so many great examples of Art Deco in architecture, interiors, furniture, jewellery and art. Here are some examples to inspire your creative juices so you begin to add a little Art Deco to your home!