Art Deco Furniture and Decorative Arts had a profound impact on the way people lived in the 1920’s – 1940’s. It is still a source of design inspiration today. This is part 3 of my series on Art Deco design style.
Art Deco was an era of opulence and artistic innovation in furniture and interior design. New furniture styles created redefined how people lived in the modern age. The design of ordinary items such as a table, railing, screen, door, or chair became extraordinary, functional works of art during the Art Deco period.
Art Deco design drew it’s inspiration from 4 major sources:
– Mathematical geometric shapes inspired new forms and shapes in furniture design.
– Foreign travel, primitive and exotic object found in to Travel to Africa, Middle East, Ancient Egypt, Mexico, and Greece brought about the trade of primitive arts and exotic objects around the world.
– Discovery of antiquities in the Egyptian pyramids created great interest in all things pyramids and they became a strong source of design inspiration.
– Birth of industrial machines and materials particularly steel, aluminum and glass.
Ornate details bold colors and patterns, geometric shapes and animal prints were common details of Art Deco design.
Let’s take a look at the major elements of Art Deco decorative arts and furniture design.
Ebony wood chair by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann
Intricate inlay wood chest made from exotic woods and ebony.
Exotic Materials such as animal skins, ivory, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, inlaid wood, glass and steel were being used for the first time in furnishings and decorative arts.
Black leather Art Deco chairs
Automobile era influences included rounded corners, streamlined and geometrical forms and the use of metal and chrome
Chair with aluminum legs and great geometry
Raymond Subes Art Deco metal table
Love for the vertical – stepped vertical ornamentation
Art Deco Aquatic Life Mirror by Bernard Fischer
Popular themes in Art Deco were trapezoidal as seen in this chair, zigzags, geometrical and jumbled shapes.
Raymond Subes Art Deco iron table with trapezoid legs
Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb in 1922 – horizontal influences, the sunburst, pyramid like roofs the ziggurat or, use of 3s.
1931 C J Weinstein Art Deco Frosted Glass Starburst Chandelier Crystalline and faceted forms of decorative cubism and futurism.
NY, NY wallpaper inspired by Empire State Building by Detroit Wallpaper
Cubism – Pablo Picasso, reducing images to basic geometric shapes, and simplistic colors, exagerated muted colors, clean lines,
There’s so much I love about the Art Deco designs. How about you?
Cartier diamond panther ring Art Deco
Until next time …