Art Deco (Irene)Posted: May 17, 2011
Art Deco was the new, stylistic and modern approach to architecture, fashion, art, graphics, film industrial design, furniture, transport, communications and household items during the war including pre and post war years.
After World War I ended (1919), life in America and Europe changed dramatically. Paris became the leader in fashion and design and Art Deco got it’s name from the 1925 Paris “Exposition Internationale Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderns” showcasing new and original works of all types.
Art Deco style’s clean, geometric and elegant lines; a move away from the traditional and excessive decoration of previous styles. Originating from pre-World War I Europe and inspired by many cultures, Art Deco was introduced concurrently during the massive technology advances in new manufacturing techniques, making goods and items available to the masses.
Home furnishings included blue mirrors on cocktail table tops, jewelry boxes, chrome frames, wall mounted, torchier and table lamps with figures of people and animals.
French designer Coco Chanel first made crystal and colored glass jewelry, a fashion statement during the 1920’s, making women wear layers of chunky bracelets colored with mixed real and synthetic gems, dangling earrings and rings in lieu of gloves.
The Art Deco era ended in 1939, start of World War II, stock market crash in 1929 and the start of the Great Depression. The enduring legacy of art deco style continued to evolve and even today is extremely influential and appreciated by new generations around the world who favor simplicity, style, design superior materials and finishes.