“Art Deco is an assertively modern style that ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to rectilinear rather than the curvilinear.” Historian Bevis Hillier
Art Deco, the most fashionable international design movement in modern art, emerged in France after the World War I. It brings French chic, elegance and artistic details combining with Egyptian and Mediterranean’s trends in home decorating create impressive and exclusive living spaces in order to transform modern interior design.
Art Deco was led by fashion and the use of motifs depicting nature. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation. The ideas bring brightness and turning rooms into bold and beautiful displays, exotic decoration patterns, luxurious finishes, and striking contrast. Besides continuing the use of high quality Art Nouveau materials, such as moulded glass, horn, and ivory, Art deco also introduced exotic items, such as shark-skin zebra-skin. Flowing lines are replaced with geometric and angular shapes. Curved lines however are occasionally used.
Due to having such strong themes and numerous design elements, Art Deco can be easily adapted to suit any interior style. Art deco styling was the most common in architecture, interior design, poster art, furniture, jewellery, textiles, fashion, and industrial design. The style has been influencing many architects globally. Egyptian pyramids and sphinxes are commonly seen in art deco interior design.
Above image is the perfect example for deco interior in the living room. Classic design puts together representing this era beautifully.
Using wall covering with a bold pattern will look wonderful so perhaps design yourself a deco feature wall but don’t forget to still create symmetry within the room. In addition, mirrors would do great contribution to the wall design.
Black and white vinyl tiles are a popular floor finish to create a stunning feature. Polished finish or combining linoleum with an abstract design would create a good harmony.
Not many fireplaces have survived today. However below images show an example of a polished cast iron fireplace which will become a great addition to the deco home despite its expensive price. The other one is made of marble and has been cut to fashionable geometrical and linear looks that represent art deco style.
Do you know that Indonesia has one of the largest remaining collections of the 1920s Art Deco buildings in the world? The examples are Savoy Homann Hotel (completed 1939), the Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij (now Museum Bank Mandiri, completed 1929), and the Jakarta Kota Station (completed 1929).