Art Deco style

Published on: Oct 22 2012 by DecoShades

is a period style that began in Paris, France in the early years of the 20th century. However, Art Deco style started to became widespread and popular only two decades later after the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts (Official French name: Exposition Internationale des Industriels et Modernes) Words’s fair held in Paris, France in 1925. After the World’s fair in Paris, Art Deco spread globally throughout the 1930s and became a leading design style in , interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry. Moreover, Art Deco also influenced visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. Art Deco style dominated internationally until the outbreak of World War ll. The term Art Deco was not used until the late 1960s when the British art critic and historian, Bevis Hillier derived it by shortening the words Arts Décoratifs, the title of the Word’s fair held in Paris.

 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts posterThe poster of the World’s fair held in Paris in 1925

Art Deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity. The linear symmetry of Art Deco was a distinct farewell from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of Art Nouveau which was the predecessor style of Art Deco. Art Deco was influenced by different styles of the early 20th century, including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism, modernism and futurism. Surprisingly, Art Deco which is a style that looks ultramodern drew inspiration from the ancient Egypt. King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in the 1920′s and it was full of bold colors, zig-zag architectural features and stark lines that appealed to Americans who loved the eclectic look. Art, architecture, jewelry and fashion were all heavily influenced by the bold colors and sharp lines of the Art Deco movement. Thanks to the technological improvements that spread mass production, everyone could live in the Art Deco style. It was not just for the elite.

Paris Exposition, 1925. La Maitrise pavilionParis Exposition, 1925. La Maitrise pavilion

Architectural examples of Art Deco style can be found in different locations worldwide from China to Colombia, from the United States to India. The largest and best-known architectural examples of Art Deco are the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Famous Art Deco buildings: the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State BuildingFamous Art Deco buildings: the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building

The characteristics of the style include geometric and angular shapes, chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles. Images of skyscrapers, cruise liners, cars and airplanes often appear. Natural motives like shells, flowers and sunrises are also popular traits of the style.

Art Deco poster with typical motives of the style

Famous names connecting to the Art Deco style:

  • Eileen Gray – furniture
  • Raymond Templier - jewelry
  • Clarice Cliff – china
  • René Lalique – glass and jewelry

Notable events during the style

  • 1912 RMS Titanic sails
  • 1922 Tutankhamun’s tomb is discovered
  • 1922 Ulysses by James Joyce is published
  • 1931 Empire State Building is completed
  • Film stars – Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
  • The charleston and tango are the latest dance crazes, jazz is born

Lights featuring female figures holding the ball of the lamp are typical and good reproductions abound. Also look for chrome, a brand new material at the time, and glass. Glass would have been etched, sandblasted or enamelled rather than coloured.

Check out our period-authentic Art Deco glass shades!

A typical Art Deco glass shadeThe flambeau or Empire torch shade is a typical Art Deco glass shade. We are offering period-authentic, handmade Art Deco flambeau glass shades. Buy it safely and comfortably from our webshop.

2 Comments to “Art Deco style”

  1. Hugh Campbell says:

    I am looking for the manufacturer of Art Deco Glass Flame lampshades that were 17″ tall by 9″ wide with a 5″ fitter. These were used at Camp Mozumdar at the Pillars of God somewhere between 1920-1945. We have only 2 remaining of 12 that were there originally. Would like to see if we can make a deal with them to get replacements.

  2. says:

    Egész érdekes bejegyzés lett. Még visszajövök!

Leave a Reply