When Was The Art Deco Era?


Art deco is a design style that began in France prior to World War 1 and flourished all the way to World War 11. It was at its most popular around 1925 and flourished through the 1920’s  through to the 30’s, with the style changing over this period. It is a style that takes its influences from traditional craft, machine age imagery and materials. It is characterized by bold geometric shapes and rich colors.



What Defines Art Deco Style?


During the artdeco period, the style was influenced by geometric shapes. These shapes include trapeziums, pyramids, triangular style shapes and sweeping curves.  The colors were bright and had streamlined – sharply defined lines. The deco period used glass, ivory, aluminium, stainless steel, wood and plastic among other materials.



When Was Deco In Fashion?


Deco had its beginnings in the 1920’s and at this time was at its height of fashion. Sometime after World War 11, in the 1960’s there was a resurgence in its popularity and once again it became fashionable. At this time there are many that find the designs appealing but not reaching the heights of previous decades. Artdeco engagement rings and other jewelry are still in high demand for their beautiful appearance


What Materials Are Used In Art Deco


  • Wood such as Teak and Ebony
  • Marble for use in buildings, predominently flooring
  • Metal such as steel and aluminium used in all aspects of deco design
  • Lacquer for people who could not afford the more expensive ebony wood.
  • Plastic in a variety of pieces.
  • Terracotta
  • Concrete
  • Decorative Glass


What Is Art Deco Interior Design Style


The article below gives an idea about what Art Deco is all about in relation to window designs.


CHICAGO — Confessions of an arts writer: my background is in theater design. Window Dressing, an exhibition by Diane Simpson currently on display at MCA Chicago, sent a thrill right to the secret place where I keep theater design in my heart. Theater sets exist at the precarious intersection of art and architecture, functionality and decoration, real and imagined space, historical re-creation and revision; in these works, Diane Simpson channels all of these tensions into a series of elegant and meticulous tableaus that take the form of set design’s younger sister: window design.

Diane Simpson, "Window Dressing: Background 6, Collar & Bib-deco" (2007/08), foam board, linoleum, wood aluminum, enamel, and archival cardboard, with maquette at left

Diane Simpson, “Window Dressing: Background 6, Collar & Bib-deco” (2007/08), foam board, linoleum, wood aluminum, enamel, and archival cardboard, with maquette at left (click to enlarge)

While a theater set carves out a pocket in time and space for a narrative to unfold, window design must go further, providing a character as well. It has to suggest a world both easily identified and intriguing enough to draw the attention of passersby on the street. In place of the stereotypical mannequin, the stars of Simpson’s show are outsized and highly stylized garment constructions — bowler hat, apron, pinafore — rendered in wood and plastic mesh. These are posed against mat board and paper backdrops — but to see such a simple list of materials belies the incredible care and balance that Simpson has wrought through pattern, line, and motif.

A display showcasing some of Simpson's research materials (click to enlarge)

A display showcasing some of Simpson’s research materials (click to enlarge)

These pieces — like most of Simpson’s work over a remarkably consistent 40-year art career — are unabashedly influenced by store window displays of the 1920s–30s. They’re a distillation of Art Deco design and research, and the repurposing of actual wallpaper and linoleum flooring from the time (a display outside the gallery lays out Simpsons research materials — be still, my heart!). She builds layer upon layer of pattern, structure, and embellishment into scenes that still manage to feel uncrowded and minimal. There’s a decidedly Asian influence to her work, which comes both from her interest in Japanese inns and display packaging as well as from an integration of the Art Deco fascination with pan-Asian (particularly Japanese) style. In “Window Dressing: Background 4, Apron VI” (2003/07), the central garment is as reminiscent of a stylized samurai jinbaori as it is an apron, and the background, which features a circular opening and white gridded wallpaper, equally suggests the vintage linoleum tiles of an American kitchen or the sliding paper screens of a traditional Japanese house.

Though Simpson’s work initially reads as impersonal, almost clinical in its fastidious ordering of details, these sedate, finished surfaces mask obsession and personal memory. Simpson is not simply enamored with bygone aesthetics — she was a child in the 1940s, and these motifs are part of her foundational memory and identity. Her reiteration of them, especially in conjunction with domestic themes, is a very sophisticated and practiced abstraction of what is fundamentally a child’s enchantment with the world. The starring role taken by objects in these tableaus speaks not only to the objective of traditional window displays — the glorification of the consumer goods available for purchase inside department stores — but also to animism, an aspect of the preoperational stage of mental development in which children believe that things are alive or have human characteristics. In a sense, Simpson has preserved a connection with her earliest perceptions of the world, while honing her expressive gifts and ability to think analytically about them.

The full article can be read here.

Art deco was preceded by Art Nouveau  but the actual term Art deco did not gain its style label until the 1960s. Example of architecture design would be The Majorelle Building and The Studio Building in Paris.

Jewelry is on the more popular deco items that are still purchased today with genuine vintage items fetching good prices. Items such as engagement rings, wedding bands, bracelets and necklaces, among others are still made today, copying the designs of the era and can be found at more reasonable prices.