Is Art Deco the new Mid-Century Modern?


Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/


You may have noticed lately as you scroll the internet or flick through the latest edition of that glossy magazine a lot more curves and velvet. That’s because this year the trend setters believe we are about the see a revival in Art Deco Furnishings. Art Deco you say? What exactly is art Deco?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica; Art Deco, also called style moderne, is a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. 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. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.

The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look; ornament that is geometric or stylized from representational forms; and unusually varied, often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances (plastics, especially Bakelite; vita-glass; and ferro concrete) in addition to natural ones (jade, silver, ivory, obsidian, chrome, and rock crystal). 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 (e.g., relative simplicity, planarity, symmetry, and unvaried repetition of elements).       

So, think rich jewel tones, luxurious materials, curves and symmetry. We have already seen some of these items creeping into our style hearts in 2018 but expect to see a more modern twist on Art Deco in 2019. The decadent Art Deco of the past may have evolved into more minimalist style of Art Deco. It will be an exciting year for this trend. But let’s watch and see, will it have the boldness to take over our beloved Mid-Century Modern that has been entrenched in our hearts? Only time will tell…


See some of our best Art Deco Inspired Pieces here https://bit.ly/2DcwVfK