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Recognise Art Deco

Art Deco stands for joie de vivre and opulence and dates back to the 1920s. After more than 100 years, the style is still unique and trendy again.

Where does Art Deco come from?

After the First World War, people longed for something beautiful, splendid and opulent again, after a time full of grief, destruction and misery.

The term comes from "arts décoratifs", which translates as "decorative arts".

The style reached its peak during the 1920s in Paris. It was then the Second World War that initially brought the style to an abrupt end again. Luxury was once again a foreign word.

In the English-speaking world, the term "Modern Style" or "Jazz Age" was more common until the 1960s; it was not until the 1960s that the name "Art Deco" became internationally accepted.

The features

Clean lines, sharp edges and symmetrical shapes define this style.

To recognise Art Deco furniture, look for the following characteristics:

  • Geometric shapes
  • Fine materials
  • Mirrored surfaces
  • Sunray motifs
  • Symmetrical patterns
  • Modern and abstract ornaments
  • Refined details
  • Slim and elegant design

The elements are kept in light primary colours and/or elegant black and white colour schemes. In combination with chrome and gold effects or geometric patterns, an incomparable look is created.

Materials

Noble Woods, velvet, silk and marble were an integral part.

Copper, chrome, stainless steel, gold and silver provide the shine.

Warm brown wood in combination with black dark wood (mostly black lacquered or ebonised) with metal ornaments are very typical signs of furniture from this era.

Is this style something for you?

If you like it imposing, are extroverted and want to offer your guests something, then definitely. The furniture still represents luxury and glamour today. (The great Gatsby as the best example).

The warm colour of the woods, in combination with velvet curtains and golden cushions are perfect partners to conjure up a 20s feeling in your home.

Recognise Art Deco Furniture
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