Are you worn out with the mid-century modern look? You're in luck because Art Deco is currently making a serious comeback in the design world. And we absolutely love it since it's timeless, original, and still feels fresh and fun. It's light and simple, not using too many accessories so shelves and mantels stay clean and open.
The style known today as Art Deco,coined in the 1960's, hit the world in 1925, at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels, a world's fair for furniture - though it had actually begun to develop several years earlier but was delayed because of World War I. Art Deco built on the stylized, cleanly lined forms of immediate style predecessors Art Nouveau and Jugendstil.
Thespruce.com brought out that Victorians loved to stick stuff onto furniture, to embellish basic frames and shapes. With Art Deco, the texture and embellishment came from contrasts in the materials - variously colored woods and inlays - or in the material itself: burled or birds-eye or visibly grained woods, tortoise shell, ivory, tooled leathers. Lacquered glosses accentuated color differences. Animal skins and patterned fabrics in bright colors were popular, too. Like the Jazz Era in which it thrived, Art Deco furniture conveys a sense of dash and lightness. Some of that sensation derives from the lively patterns of its wood or upholstery; some derives from the contrasting shapes contained with a piece. A square table-top might sit on a lyre-shaped base, for example, or a kidney-shaped desk might stand on four ramrod-straight legs. Along with Ruhlmann, the dominant names in Art Deco include Paul Follot, Jules Lelou and the design firms of Süe et Mare and Dominique.