A Five Minute Guide to Art Deco
If you have visited our site, you may have noticed that many items are described as Original Art Deco. Some people are more than familiar with what Art Deco is all about. Others have heard of it but may not be clear what it is so I thought it would be useful to give you a very brief guide to answer the question – what is Art Deco?
What does Art Deco Mean?
Art deco refers to a revolutionary movement in Decorative Arts, Architecture and Design. So, there is evidence of Art Deco in buildings, transport, furnishings, Art and Fashion
When was the age of Art Deco?
The introduction of Art Deco style began just before the start of the First World War but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that it really gained momentum. A famous exhibition in Paris In 1925 resulted in the name Art Deco – Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes. The Art Deco movement continued to grow in popularity until the start of the Second World War. Therefore the Art Deco Period incorporates the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Where was Art Deco popular?
There is evidence of original Art Deco architecture and design in cities across the world and London has some fine examples but it is most evident in Western Europe, particularly France and in the USA.
How can I recognise Art Deco style?
Art Deco style was deliberately modern with sleek geometric lines and patterns. Cubist designs were favoured and rich materials used to represent luxury and the progress of modern technology. It was a deliberate move away from the Art Nouveau period which preceded it and favoured natural forms and the flowing lines of plants and flowers. Simple shapes were favoured.
Two of the most iconic Art Deco buildings in the world are the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building in New York. In London, fine examples can be seen in the Apollo Theatre, Battersea Power Station and Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. Once you start looking for examples of Art Deco, you will spot it in many public buildings in all large cities.
How can I get the Art Deco Look?
If you have an Art Deco period house and want to find original Art Deco interiors, we can help! Many of our white glass pendant lights are original Art Deco. One example is this beautiful White Opaline Glass tiered light. We also have original Art Deco mirrors which are typically frameless with a fancy bevelled edge.
The great thing about Art Deco is that its simple style means that it blends well into many settings and don’t forget, because it’s an original piece it should hold or increase its value for the future.