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Art Deco

Art Deco The Art Deco style is defined by its clean lines and symmetry. Forms are angular, decoration is highly stylized, exotic and dramatic.

The style began to evolve c.1908, although the term 'Art Deco' was not coined until the 1960s.

Art Deco    Art Deco designs were first exhibited in 1925 at the Exposition lnternationale des Arts Décoratifs et lndustriels Modernes in Paris.

The Parisian exhibition featured work from major French designers such as André Groult, Rene Lalique and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, silver from Jean Puiforcat and Charles Christofle and Baccarat glass, all of which were lauded.Art Deco

Many items considered to be quintessentially Art Deco, such as pieces by Paul Iribe and Ruhlmann, were of pre-war design.

Art Deco drew its influences from the art movements of the time: post-Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and Futurism.

Art Deco Cultural events had a huge impact on Art Deco, with the Ballets Russes, jazz, Tribal Art, the excavation of Tutankhamen's tomb and the imagery of the machine age, all feeding the new style.

The best quality products used luxury exotic wood veneers such as Amboyna and ebony, and designs incorporated ivory, Shagreen, Enamel and Lacquer. From c.1925 modern materials such as tubular steel were employed.Art Deco

The new style spread quickly to the US, although the Americans did not meet the entry requirements for the 1925 Paris exhibition. Initially, French designs were emulated but, by the late 1920s, designers such as Donald Deskey and Eero Saarinen made Deco furniture part of the American vernacular.

Art Deco Deco style came into its own in the US through the triumph of the skyscraper. Exterior features were repeated internally on doors, light-fittings and murals. This powerful image was emulated in Paul Frankl's 1930s 'Skyscraper' furniture line.

Art Deco Norman Bel Geddes's 'Streamlining' designs, where the smooth contours and new materials, such as chrome and plastics, lent themselves to machine production, were a triumph of Deco style and much fêted at the 1939 World Fair Exposition.

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