The term Art Deco can generate a range of emotions dependant on a person’s age and tastes, but many speak about this design style as an era referring to a period in the 1960’s. Well known for its influences in architecture, jewellery design and artwork, you may be surprised to learn that the Art Deco style remains extremely popular in Interior Design today. Not necessarily known as Art Deco, the modern home décor now uses many of its design concepts such as clean lines and symmetry.
At it’s best; Art Deco represents elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity all of which can be achieved in the modern home.
The birth of Art Deco was actually much earlier than the 1960’s and came to life in Paris at the turn of the century when a movement was taking place which changed the way art and design was viewed by the wider world. In Paris ‘La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs’ was being formed. It wasn’t until the 1920s and the 1930s that the movement came to light however, as it did in all its splendour at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art in the French capital in 1925.
Following the First World War, Europe was faced with a massive rebuilding task, whilst the U.S was also struggling to rebuild its economy after the 1929 Great Depression, it is therefore surprising that the period over the 1920’s and 30’s had such a lot to offer and shaped the way we live our lives today.
It wasn’t long after this time that the ‘Decorative Arts Society’ movement gathered steam and its famous curvilinear designs started cropping up in places such as the Paris Metro and the famous Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall in the U.S.
It was actually the Art Deco name itself, which became popular in the 1960s, when Bevis Hillier in his popular “Art Deco of the 20’s and 30’s publication” coined the phrase. Not to be confused with its predecessor Art Nouveau, a design style known for its asymmetrical curves and flowing patterns encapsulating political and philosophical intentions, Art Deco’s linear symmetry draws inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec times and is purely decorative.
An innocent style that simply suits raw materials such as glass, it is therefore not surprising that modern mirrors showcase this design movement so well. In a time where minimalism, simplicity and block colours are so popular, Art Deco Mirrors can add elegance and glamour into the modern home. A great example of an Art Deco style mirror is one that is made of plain glass with no frame, often with bevelled edges or symmetrical designs, the simplicity of these mirrors often means that they sparkle in the light and work well with almost any room décor.
It is hard to believe that by including what may be considered a relatively plain mirror into your room design, is actually reflecting a design period from almost 100 years ago.. and it still works!
About the author: Jo Betts
Interiors specialist and design enthusiast who loves finding new, innovative products for the home and letting the world know about it!
I own a number of online stores, including www.exclusivemirrors.co.uk