Almost a whole century after the iconic aesthetic emerged, Art Deco is finally having its comeback. From stunning flapper girl fashion to the iconic Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet, the glitz and glam make us yearn for the Roaring 20s of the early 20th century. We are now seeing a taste of the Roaring 20s revival in the 21st century, as seen in new projects, interiors, and furniture across the globe.
What can we anticipate for both the creation of new ideas and the preservation of current ones as the distinctive personality of Art Deco architecture and design continues to inspire the world?
A brief overview of Art Deco
Art Deco, short for Arts Décorativs, is a style of art that spans all design disciplines. However, you will more commonly recognise its bold geometric forms, the richness of materials, and twist on historical elements combined with futuristic features.
Characteristics of art deco furniture
Art Deco furniture is made from exotic woods like ebony, zebrawood, and rosewood, with inlays of other types of wood, and then finished with Japanese lacquer for a smooth, glossy appearance and feel.
Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet
This is a classic example of an art deco-inspired piece.
The wonderful Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet here showcases its original polished original walnut grain and softly curving body and doors. The arched smaller doors in the centre have been restored in gold leaf, which glows attractively against the calm white inside. In keeping with its charming origins, the piece features a hand-stencilled gold and cream Art Deco fan motif against a vintage palette of blue.
Usually, geometric motifs such as starbursts, sunlight beams, zigzags, and straight-edged floral patterns are used as decorative decorations in art deco pieces, just like the one above. In addition, ivory or mother of pearl inlays are frequently used to add a finishing touch to sideboards, dressers, and dining tables.
What is the appeal of art deco now?
So, why is Art Deco still popular after 100 years? Some see it as a symbol of a simpler, more contemporary, and more stylish era. Many people have discovered depictions of the period in literature and film, in which everyone was dancing the Charleston in mirror-lined ballrooms and drinking highballs in heavily sequined gowns. Doesn't it sound heavenly?
Furthermore, Art Deco furniture has an unrivalled capacity to complement previous decades' furnishings. It rests easily alongside older and modernist pieces of the later 20th century. The design serves as an eye-catching focal point in both minimalist and busier, more maximalist settings. In short, it is easy to mix and match with other styles without compromising the impact.
Using and re-using Art Deco furniture minimises one's carbon impact tremendously. It decreases the need for new furniture derived from non-sustainable materials like plastics, as well as the amount of transportation necessary to send new furniture around the world. So, in addition to delivering value for money, considering Art Deco pieces for your home delivers value for the environment!
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