While the “Art Deco” style was first mentioned in Paris in 1925, during the Universal Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, it was in fact practiced for ten years. Also called “Style 1925“, it is found in art, design and architecture. It knows a craze in the Roaring Twenties, at the end of the 1st World War.
Art Deco in the Roaring Twenties
Succeeding Art Nouveau in the late nineteenth century, Art Deco is more joyful, anchored in the particular context of the Roaring Twenties. In mourning and the still palpable tension left by the First World War, the world is slowly recovering. Art Deco is purely inspired by this paradox, between sadness and joie de vivre, between sobriety and eccentricity. However, it does not democratize and represents the luxury of an elite. Initially, the forms of the furniture are clean, geometric, then a little more cubic. It ceases to exist in the 30s, overtaken by modernism coming from Scandinavia and other international currents.
Art Deco in furniture
If the current Art Deco touches all the arts, it marks in particular the furniture and the architecture. The few pieces of furniture created during this period are very representative of their time and perfectly illustrate the Art Deco style. The materials associated are unprecedented and unexpected: we see for example maple furniture with leather or wrought iron. The influences of the designers are very numerous and diverse, making Art Deco furniture pieces sought after which fans are very fond of.
In the 30s, Art Deco suddenly gives way to a different style of furniture: modernism. Relayed in the background for the rest of the twentieth century, it is again trend today, part of the tradition of rare and precious vintage furniture.