Art Deco is an artistic movement that originated in the 20’s and grew in popularity in the 30’s and 40’s. This style, characterized by symmetrical clean lines and angular geometrical forms, is evident in all types of visual art including fine art, interiors and architecture, industrial and product design, graphic arts, and even fashion and jewelry design. Overall the style represented wealth and luxury, boasting rich colors of red, green, and black and extravagant ornamentation. Influences to the movement came from the natural motifs of Art Nouveau as well as the contrasting angles and geometry of Cubism. The glamour of Hollywood also made an impact on the art form, creating a desire to incorporate luxurious finishes in interiors including satins and furs, chrome, mirrors, lacquers and other high gloss surfaces. The following are well-known buildings, furnishings, and art pieces from the era:

Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen

Chrysler Building

Golden Gate Bridge designed by Joseph Strauss, Irving Morrow, and Charles Ellis

Golden Gate Bridge

Griffith Observatory designed by John C. Austin, and Frederick M. Ashley

Griffith Observatory

Civic Opera House designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

Civic Opera House

Merchandise Mart designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

Merchandise Mart

“The Young Lady in Green” by Tamara de Lempicka

Young Lady in Green - Tamara de Lempicka

Normandie Poster by Cassandre

Normandie Poster

Eileen Gray’s table

Eileen Gray Table

screen by Donald Deskey

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The First-Class Dining Room on the S.S. Normandie. Designers included René Lalique, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand

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Camera designed by Walter Dowin Teague

Walter Dorwin Teague - Kodak Camera

The Book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is written in this era giving readers a fictional glimpse into the era of Art Deco.

The Great Gatsby

If you’re looking to incorporate some Art Deco elements in your interior spaces, here are some products available today:

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