Art deco began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century, but didn’t really take hold until after World War I. It reigned until the outbreak of World War II.
It was not just for the elite. By the 1930s, mass production meant that everyone could live in the deco style. Travel became popular. African safaris were all the rage and animal skins, ivory, mother of pearl, and tortoiseshell began to appear in the home. After Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, Egyptian pyramids and sphinxes adorned everything.
Art nouveau – deco kept the nature motifs of its predecessor but discarded its flowing organic shapes and pastels for bolder materials and colours such as chrome and black
cubism -painters such as Picasso were experimenting with space, angles and geometry
early Hollywood – the glamorous world of the silver screen filtered through to design using shiny fabrics, subdued lighting, and mirrors. Cocktail cabinets and smoking paraphernalia became highly fashionable
Art Deco style conjures for most a cool, clean vision of interiors with angular forms, stylised figures, exotic woods and materials, linear decoration and modern simplicity.
It is generally considered to have flourished in the 1920s and 1930s, reaching its zenith in the years between the first and second world wars. However, in reality the style was evolving as early in 1900 in reaction to other styles, but it wasn’t until the 1925″ Paris Exposition Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes” that it was recognised as a separate movement that was totally detached in terms of intellectual stimulus and interpretation from other existing styles. The exhibition acted as a show case for many new designers and interior decorators such as Edgar Brandt, Paul Follot and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and was eventually to lend its name to the produce of this bold new era. Art Deco came into being partly as a fusion of various influences and partly as a deliberate rejection of previous traditional styles.
A Fine example of An Art Deco Walnut Dining Suite