Life in Art Deco Style

By | October 1, 2007 3:14 am |

Art Deco Style used to be a popular one in the 1920s and 30s. It covered almost the whole spheres of human life: interior design, architecture, fashion, movies, furniture, painting and even industrial art. This style was a combination, a successful mixture of the existing styles and peak of is popularity was in the 1920s. Art Deco Style was one of the styles, lack of political orientation. Its name came from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (took place in Paris, in 1925).

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Canvas of Mr Art Deco

At first time, there was only a small couple of Art Deco Style followers and supporters. But, after an exhibition in 1969 and publication in 1971 – this kind of art became really flourishing. So, what Art Deco is? First of all, of course, a style. Then, this style was popular in all spheres of life. As a rule, it was taken as a combination of modernism and various native arts (arts of Egypt, Africa, Mexico, together with modern and industrial filed of technique: aviation, radio, ocean liner and lighting). Popular shapes: zigzag, trapezium, various curves, broken lines etc. Moreover, a lot of materials were used: wood, leather, aluminium, stainless steel.

Truetone in Art Deco Style

Saying Art Deco, you mean something with extensive usage of details, unnecessary things, bright colours and million of details. Art Deco style influenced a lot of buildings, a lot of furniture items and turned to be extremely interesting style. It combined everything, that seemed to be impossible to combine and gave birth to a number of interesting things and buildings. In 1920s it used to be bold, bright and fresh. Almost all Art Deco representatives refused the usage of traditional materials, this style has penetrated even in jewellery.

So, after making a small excursion into history let’s find out more about Art Deco in various spheres of life.

Miami Southbeach building in art deco style


So, as a rule, it was made from very rare materials and wood, that’s why only very rich people could buy it. The following materials made it even more expensive: lacquering, ebony, shark and snake skin, chrome-plated steel. These all provided a super decorative effect, each piece of this furniture used to be a masterpiece. Only with the creation of metal furniture, people from the whole classes could buy it. Jacques-Emile Ruhlman was one of the most successful furniture designers in Art Deco style. His first exhibition was in 1913 at the Salon d’Automne. It was a great success! His furniture can’t be mistaken with another, because of its ideal proportions, unusual shape of legs. Each piece of furniture was made from a lot of details, but while looking at it, you can mention the only one – it looks like a completely integral thing.

Fat face orange cat brooch made in Art Deco style


Jewellery of this period considered to be stunning. Jewellery of previous periods used to be dull, classic and so predictable, but Art Deco items were bright, bold and the emphasize was on straight lines. The attitude to the life was boyish, childish and cheerful. Egyptian culture (sphinx and falcon) has influenced the design of Art Deco jewellery. The whole items possessed new shaped (long earrings, big rings with precious stones), diamond watches, various kind of pearls and precious stones: sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

Nowadays, Art Deco style survives its renovation, it became popular again. “Machine theme” won’t die. Today, we can see it in video games production and creation. It gives a game a retro-futuristic feel. Art Deco style can be seen in Shanghai. You have never been there? It is right a time to repair an omission!

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7 opinions for

Life in Art Deco Style

  • jason | September 25th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    quite helpful.. thnx!

    • shu curry | March 14th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      yes! jason agreed :)

  • Patricia Gudmundsson | June 4th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I’m beginning to focus in AD. I’ve always loved it, Buenos Aires, San telmo, a lot… La Havana, MY GOD…I think my painting, at present is completely Deco, but from the unknown, I know but I don’t know. I have to study more!!!

  • Brooke Bekkers | September 6th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    What is the name of the painting with the blue suit guy and who is the artist?

  • Gary Mchale | October 4th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Art Deco has a huge gathering around the world due to the fact it has so many styles. It is a bold statement for anyone using the art deco style

  • Jazzassin | January 28th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Art Deco: It’s the most subtle of all styles of architecture, art and furniture, imho.
    Always looks modern – almost futuristic, nearly a 100 years after its origin at the World Exhibition 1925.
    Never goes out of style.
    Always elegant & stylish in a practical way.
    The world as a whole should be designed consequently in AD… ;o)

  • Emily | July 17th, 2010 at 10:15 am


    Please could you tell me where you found the art deco painting of the man in the blue suit and who the artist is?


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