Luxurious Art Deco Inspiration

4 years ago

The luxurious Art Deco period began in the 1920's in France and spread world-wide in the 30's and 40's.  It was an era that represented luxury, glamour, and exuberance.  Art Deco was influenced by pre-modern art, a blend of traditional craft motifs with modern industrial machines.  Much like today, during the Art Deco period people embraced technology.  Deco style is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.



Major influencers during the Art Deco period were Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cezanne to name a few.  Art Deco influenced many aspects of our lives, from automobiles to furniture to graphic art to china to fashion to cinema and much, much more.  The designs we are familiar with are from metal door details, stained glass geometric shapes and bold colors, and geometric inlays and friezes on buildings.  Many of our historic buildings were built during the Art Deco period.



Historic Rockefeller Center designed by architect Raymond Hood

Rockefeller Center

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The Robie House considered one of the most important buildings in America built by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Famous Empire State Building designed by Architect William F Lamb.  We all know the iconic lobby interiors, if not by seeing it in person but by the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

Empire State Building

Art Deco waned in popularity after WWI due to its image of austerity and luxury, but began to rise in popularity in the 1960's.   And today, we still use Art Deco influences in homes and buildings.  I love using elements from Art Deco architectural details as inspiration for interior design.


Vining Design Associates

Designer James Marzo

Architectural Digest, photographer Mary E. Nichols


Designer Kelly Wearstler

Elle Decor, photographer Mikkel Vang


Designer Jane Page Design Group



Art Deco railing design in a client's home.

Vining Design Associates


Designer Charles Allem

Architectural Digest, photographer Dursotn Saylor

Another decorative railing inspired the Art Deco period.  Designer Mary Anne Smiley

Traditional Home, photographer Colleen Duffley


Notice the Art Deco detail on the face of this bar.

Vining Design Associates


Designer Naomi Leff

Architectural Digest, photographer Scott Frances




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