Interior design trends, like any trend, will develop organically, and will follow patterns. Art Deco, also known as style moderne, was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s. Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.
The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look. Though Art Deco objects were rarely mass-produced, the characteristic features of the style reflected admiration for the modernity of the machine and for the inherent design qualities of machine-made objects.
History of Art Deco
When referring to the Art Deco style, we often envisage a space full of lavish interiors, the bold use of wood finishes and metals, with rigid shapes and rich colour. This is a style that epitomises luxury, yet in an unexpected and unique way.
The Art Deco movement originated in Western Europe during the 1920s and progressed to the USA during the 1930’s. The style saw the pairing of newly developed materials with much-desired and luxurious resources such as ivory, mahogany, and shagreen alongside chrome and plate-glass.
The Art Deco style conjured a notion that interiors moved beyond the traditional idea that furniture and décor were used purely for functional and practical purposes. The style transformed the ideas surrounding the interior of a home and mimicked the architecture of the time. The core style themes were smooth and streamlined surfaces, vertical lines, and geometric patterns.
Art Deco in 2019
If you are an avid follower of interior trends, you will certainly be aware that most trends will tend to repeat and are re-introduced to their respective era with a modern twist.
The re-emergence of the Art Deco style was last seen in the 80s, which incorporated a lot of black marble and brass.
Both of these elements have made a revival and are seen as an incorporation to the original and classic 1920’s look. So what elements can we expect to see being added in 2019?
In furniture, we’re seeing many items with sculptural lines that are both curved and geometric. In rugs, wallpaper, and upholstery, geometric patterns along with botanical references in artwork and fabric are abundant.
See for Yourself
Overall the Art Deco style is about high contrast and dramatic spaces. If you’re ready to try the trend, take a look at what we could do for you.
The sideboard is shown with radial marquetry Macassar doors, Noir ebonised details, feet and Nack door pulls. The sideboard can also be veneered in a quartered marquetry Macassar or radial or quartered figured walnut.
Further options are veneers and finishes from our collection, inlays in polished/antique or polished brass, insets from a selection of antique mirror or liquid metal finishes.
The classic Arc bedside table can be customised as a drum-shape, shown here in our glamorous Macassar with starburst top.
This piece is available in all our veneers and can be made with optional contrasting drawer fronts in another veneer, a liquid metal or leather.
The Petit and Grand Lombard mirrors have been exquisitely designed to display our wonderful straw marquetry, a craft perfected during the Art Deco period. The Piano black frame contrasts with the subtle tones of the straw, shown in Anthracite and Earth hues.
If you just look the pieces included in this week’s blog, explore more of our gorgeous range here!