Art Deco Influences in Interiors

By Oliver Burns

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February 7, 2014|

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  • ith the 2014 interiors trends now emerging from the shows, we have noticed hints towards aspects of Art Deco. Geometric patterns, shiny metallics, monochrome and foliage patterns can all be linked back to this era. Below we have explored the design style further in order to establish where these trends originated. Art Deco refers to an artistic design style that originally emerged in France post World War I. The eclectic style combines traditional organic and elegant charm alongside the more bold industrial technological approach. Interior design has been largely influenced by the Art Deco style in the form of ornate and extravagant detail, bold geometric forms and rich colours, with a general lavish and opulent approach. In accordance with the industrial revolution, Art Deco designs were very symmetrical, linear and lent towards a mass technological process, yet still upholding a luxurious, exuberant and opulent feel.
Image sourced via Brabbu

Geometric patterns were prominent. In a time when painters such as Picasso were experimenting with space, angles and geometry, cubism was a big influence on Deco style. Today we are still inspired by Art Deco geometrics, now present not only through pattern but also in furniture design. The Koi Side Table from Brabbu features a typical Art Deco scalloped shape pattern in a polished brass, echoing the sophistication and opulence of the period.

Images sourced via Knowles & Christou

Another major influence on this design style was the world of the silver screen and the glamour that came with it. Shiny fabrics, subdued lighting and mirrors adorned interiors with furniture such as cocktail cabinets becoming highly fashionable. In one of our recent projects, elements of Art Deco were introduced into the design to give the scheme glamour, in particular the Sugarcube Cabinet by Knowles & Christou.

Image sourced via Lee Broom

The shiny polished look continued onto hard surfaces too, with cabinetry in polished veneers and exotic woods. Inlays and parquet were also used to achieve geometric shapes on furniture and flooring. Lee Broom creates a modern take on this with his Parq Life collection, teaming parquet satin finished walnut veneer with complimenting brass accents and contemporary curves.

Image sourced via Decoist

Technology was exploding in the 1930’s and industrialisation was embraced. Black, white and chrome – a new material at the time, were thought to reflect new technology, so a monochrome colour palette was used across everything. Patterns such as chevrons and strong zigzags emulated electricity so were also used in abundance. Today the chevron is still a popular pattern choice for interiors and there has been a recent revival in both monochrome and polished metallics such as brass, gold and copper.

Image sourced via Dessin Fournir

Alongside new bold geometric patterns, Deco also retained the nature motifs of Art Nouveau which gave interiors a more delicate, luxurious approach against the bold statement pieces. This season we are seeing a rise in flamboyant foliage prints, many also in metallic tones such as Schumacher’s Palm Cotton Linen. Dessin Fournir have also recreated the pattern ‘Banana Leaves’, designed in the 1920’s by Rose Cummings; introducing new woven textiles, hand printed fabrics and wallpaper that captures the essence of the originals.

Art Deco was led by fashion and the use of motifs depicting nature, it was one of the most exciting decorative styles of the century, and is one that still influences contemporary designs today. Due to having such strong themes and so many design elements, Deco can be easily adapted to suit any style interior, allowing hints of the style to remain.

Written by LU


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