Just prior to World War 1 a design movement was taking place across Europe. Originating in France, ART DECO influenced a whole host of industries; architecture, cars, films, jewellery, trains & interior design. It was hugely popular due to its combination of quality craftsmanship & fine materials; giving off an air of luxury & glamour which the masses were hugely attentive to.
Art Deco generally consists of geometric & angular shapes & heavily utilised materials such as glass, chrome, mirrors & shiny fabrics. Despite it erupting during the 1920s, Art Deco saw a resurgence during the 1960s & even to this day features in interior design projects all over the world.
Bold colour schemes featured in the movement a lot; silvers, reds, blacks & yellows were used frequently, not just in wall paper decoration either; fireplaces, rugs, flooring & fabrics were taken over by the typical styles of the day.
Art Deco was influenced massively by one of the most influential art movements of the early 20th century; cubism. The geometric styles are evident in both & even lead to Art Deco being dubbed ‘Cubism Tamed’ by many of the time.
Home accessories such as lighting also added a quirky touch. Lamp designs involving female figures holding up the ball of the lamp were typical & easily reproduced meaning these curt add-ons weren’t just a feature in the homes of the ‘well of’, everyone was able to enjoy the fun of Art Deco in their own house.
Another quirk of Art Deco was the use of furniture. Instead of long form suites, stylish individual pieces were popular, in strong streamlined designs, often in eye-catching shapes. Cabinets & wardrobes within the home were often found in a pale veneered wood style, contributing to the light & airy feel of the era.
Nowadays, in the 21st century, Art Deco ceramics, rugs & posters are popular. A nod to the vastly iconic design era. Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper & Bugatti cars are all in-demand designers & styles. So, next time you’re at a car boot or an antique shop, keep an eye out.
There’s a famous quote that goes a little something like this, ‘the Art Deco style can be tricky to describe, but it has a ‘you’ll know it when you see it’ quality to it.
Do you have any Art Deco influences in your home? Are they handed down from older family members or are they modern takes on the era? We’d love to see pictures! Use the hashtag #FircroftArtDeco on Instagram or Twitter to invite us to look at the interior of your home.
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