What Is Art Deco?
Art Deco is a design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, and then flourished during the 1930s and 1940s, but faded after World War II. It is an eclectic style which mixes the natural motifs from the Art Nouveau period with abstract designs, characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and extravagant ornamentation. The style was inspired by cubist art, with artists like Picasso mixed with animal skins, tortoiseshell and mother of pearl. Many buildings were built in the Art Deco style, including the Empire State Building in New York.
Styles from the Art Deco period include:
- geometric and angular shapes
- stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, cruise liners, skyscrapers theatrical contrasts
- highly polished wood and glossy black lacquer mixed with satin and furs
- chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles
- nature motifs - shells, sunrises, flowers
We stock original and reproduction pieces of furniture in the Art Deco style. Pieces are arriving on a weekly basis. Browse our website to see some of the reproduction items we have available, including sideboards, armchairs and sofas.