Art Deco Interior Design
by Giorgina Devereaux
Art Deco interior design is
opulent and consist of clean lines and geometric shapes,
along with the use of unusual materials, such as marble and ebony.
Other materials include rare woods, veneer, stainless steel, lacquer,
aluminum, inlaid wood, shark skin, and zebra skin.
Art Deco furniture and decor are
very unique, with clean
lines and interesting shapes.
Club chairs are very
elegant and are ideal for use
as conversation seating with a round table in the center.
Some sofas can be described as
comfortable with barrel shaped frames and sloped arms.
consist of tubular steel with a chrome plated frame upholstered in a
You may also find club chairs in a black lacquer finish
that have hand carved details painted in vibrant colors and upholstered
in a gorgeous velvet fabric.
As an added bonus, they are easy
to arrange in a room because of their size.
There are other lovely
chairs that have elephant arms with a rounded or moustache back.
of the seating comes in a solid ebony frame with genuine ivory and
sycamore inlays. The ivory adorns the top edge of the wood back, along
with the back area of the arm rests, while the inlays are set in a
linear pattern on the top front area of the arm, and the feet are a
hand carved melon style.
Some chairs come in red leather, with a flip
out leg rest, black painted metal legs, and brass sabot feet.
Accessories: For a
sideboard/server, you may find
pieces that are a classic French buffet with a raised plynth style
base, center drawers that have brass pulls, black and white marble
tops, along with a raised center area ideal for displaying an exquisite
sculpture or centerpiece.
Other credenzas are created in magnificent
rosewood marquetry, with stunning inlaid work and bold leg design.
Art Deco furniture accessories, try to search for geometric decorative items that
complement the exceptional geometric flair characteristic of this era.
accessories to focus on purchasing include:
Try to acquire pieces that match up with your overall room design in
order to make it blend well.
Wall art is a
fabulous way to add
interest and drama to your walls, while complementing the rest of the
items in the room.
Art Deco can also be viewed as a form of abstract
art that is a reminder of the turmoil in the industrial sector, along
with how people began to live lavish lifestyles. The prints have a
polished look and use vivid colors.
You can arrange Art Deco travel
posters or advertisements in black frames to give your Art Deco
furniture and decor theme some pizzazz.
Since Art Deco
was originally linked
with elitism, Art Deco chandeliers have been a preferred feature of
royal gathering places and churches. Their antique appearance and large
sizes match the high ceilings of such institutions.
consider an Art Deco chandelier because of the characteristic of
materials that identify this style. The materials that make up these
chandeliers consist of aluminum, stainless steel, inlaid wood and
Furthermore, these chandeliers usually have sweeping curves in
its design, with some having a sunburst motif, which is a famous
example of the Art Deco chandelier design.
Flooring: Flooring is definitely an
important element of Art Deco furniture that requires special attention when decorating in
Carefully choose carpeting and flooring that bring out the
best qualities in this theme.
Natural color flooring is a good choice
because it can complement the Art Deco look in a room.
floor is more representative of this style, such as inlaid linoleums,
which can be made to order.
You may also include rugs that have vibrant
geometric patterns, ones that have an overall color and contrasting
borders, circular area rugs with target striping, or animal skin rugs,
such as zebra, polar bears, or leopards for that dramatic contrast.
Art Deco furniture style was popular during the late 1920’s and early 30’s, with
the term originating from the Exposition Internationale des Arts
Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925.
infancy, Art Deco was used solely as a decorative style of interior
decoration and was very popular. It was considered functional, elegant,
and ultra modern, with an eclectic style that drew influences from
Egypt, Africa, Aztec Mexico, and technology like aviation.
Several of the
most famous and popular
Art Deco designers came from Paris, which is where this movement began.
During the early 1900’s, a man by the name of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann
ascended as one of the biggest Art Deco furniture designers in the world and
became well known for his unusual designs.
furniture using exotic woods, such as amboyna, violetwood, and macassar
ebony, while ensuring that the pieces were elegant and comfortable.
Other famous designers include Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Louis Süe
and Andre Mare. Mies van der Rohe’s furniture combined a modern,
machine look with a detailed hand-finished method.
created in steel, but with a simple and elegant form.
One of his
well known pieces is the “Barcelona Chair,” which was first unveiled in
1929, and its basic form is a distorted “X” with a leather upholstered
seat and back.
Süe and Mare formed the Compagnie des Arts Français with the purpose of making
French furniture without foreign influences. They made heavy and flamboyant
pieces by using inlays and veneers to create dramatic designs, patterns, and
pictures on their furniture.
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