Art Deco is back, this time with more subdued metals and sophisticated patterns
Remember those pandemic peak predictions that the Roaring 20s would make a comeback when we emerge? Well, we’re here to tell you that those predictions for a return to glamor might just come true, at least from a home design perspective. Given the proliferation of strong lines, geometric shapes, dark colors and shimmering materials we’re seeing in design markets this spring, it’s safe to say we’re in the midst of an Art Deco revival.
Although the original art and design movement first appeared in France before World War I, it took its name, short for Decorative Arts-from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925, and reaching its peak at the end of that decade, its influence evident in everything from radios and glassware to ocean liners and to buildings (like the Chrysler Building, which was completed in 1930).
And while today’s Art Deco revival draws heavily on the original movement of a century ago, contemporary designers, fabricators and fabricators have reimagined the distinctive style of the 21st century, starting with their approach to metals. . Where the original Art Deco pieces featured accents of shiny gold or polished silver, today’s highlights are more burnished, muted, with more patina, making them a little more livable. Glamorous, yes, but relax – a smoother transition for those who want to relax in Puttin’ on the Ritz after two years of living in loungewear.
We’re also struck by the resurgence of Art Deco patterns – things like scallops, seashell patterns, diamonds, arches and palm trees. This graphic and repetitive use of highly stylized forms is one of the hallmarks of Art Deco design, and we see them used not only on fabrics and wallpapers, but also as decoration applied to plates and cabinet fronts or as a source of inspiration for lighting frames or consoles. Here, check out our top picks for bringing home some decorative glitz.