Art Deco Interiors

731 Words3 Pages
Art deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and ended at the start of World War II. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewellery, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. The term "art deco" was first used widely in 1926, after an exhibition in Paris, 'Les Années 25' sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts.

Art Deco is known for its straight lines and rectilinear forms, a use of repetitive geometric shapes, and bold designs. Stepped forms were another important element in Art Deco, as can be best seen in some of the famous buildings that were created in this style.
Other favoured components were trapezoids, zigzag lines, and a strong use of symmetry that could only be found in man-made objects. Motifs such as chevrons, sunbursts, spilling fountains, and even automobile grilles were key parts of the lexicon of Art Deco design.

Much of the furnishings of Art Deco were a reaction to the austerity of World War I. Walls were painted cream or brown, and although left mostly plain, would sometimes have a thin border stencilled underneath the ceiling and in corners. Paint finishes such as ragging or stippling were common. Moquettes, velvet and leather appeared as upholstery materials, and furniture had pronounced rounded corners. The visible woodwork was usually in lighter coloured finishes.

Classic white or black marble flooring is typical in an Art Deco interior, Linoleum was also a key material. Art Deco is characterized by use of materials such as aluminium, cork, stainless steel, lacquer, Bakelite, Chrome and inlaid wood.(all colour book of art deco) Exotic materials such as sharkskin and zebra
Open Document