Inspired by the development in modern technology and lifestyle, the Art Deco design movement emerged in the 1920s and has remained a revered style to this day. A natural evolution to its late 19th century predecessor Art Nouveau, Art Deco is less ornate and inspired by the natural world. Versatile, elegant and seemingly timeless, Art Deco lends itself easily to contemporary reimagining, especially in furniture design.
Distinguishable from most other design styles, Art Deco takes purposeful and geometric design to a more glamorous – but never over the top – level. Together with the angular decorations and geometric motifs, Art Deco often uses striking materials, often with indulgent, polished, high-shine finishes and have larger proportions. Metallic details, such as gold and brass features are popular in Art Deco, but are used sparingly as accents to avoid neo-baroque sensibilities.
Wanting to incorporate Art Deco into your interior design? Here are our top picks.