which became so popular in the 20's and 30's, was considered to be
elegant, functional, modern, and glamorous. It affected
architecture, industrial design, graphic arts and interior design.
The Chrysler Building is a prime example of art deco architecture.
The movement was more a combination of designs, rather than a new
one. It included art nouveau, cubism, modernism, and
The fad died
in the 40's, but was reborn again in the 80's and 90's. Known as
Style Moderne in the 20's, it received its more popular name of Art
Deco in the late 60's. Spawned by a healthy economy at the end
of WWI, it represents positive outlook, collective good spirit, and
futuristic color and imagination. Fighting to end the austere and
stuffy designs of the Victorian
and Revivalist eras, it combined luxury, versatility, and
function in a cacaphony of color in art
deco jewelry such as art deco engagement
rings with ruby,
sapphire and diamond.
Art deco is
eclectic at its best. It has Aztec and Egyptian elements,
making use of pyramid shapes, strong and sharp angles, lighting with
geometric glass shades, and furniture of metal or lacquered
woods. Modern neon art and caracaturistic drawings done in the
blacks, greens, almonds and purples of classic art deco are framed in metal.
feature a huge bed on a pedestal, built-in night stands and a
dramatic chaise. Drawers are built in to the walls in behind
lacquered doors. Huge walk-in closets with a boudoir chair
would double as your dressing room. The more you learn about art
deco, the more you will see about how you can use it in your own home
or office design.