Volume 6.

How to Create the Art Deco Style

Art Deco is a style which can be traced back to one of the most glamourous times in history; the ‘roaring twenties’. Developing into a major design movement from the 1920s to the 1940s, the style has influenced architecture, jewellery, illustration, fashion, cars and of course interior design. Rich materials, fine craftsmanship and modernist styles make for a luxurious melting pot of distinctive shapes, geometric motifs and sleek lines. So let’s take a look at how you can add the magic of Art Deco to your interior.

The Beaumont Hotel, London

Shape and Form

With its orientation towards the future, Art Deco was a celebration of modern ideas and progress. When we think about the shapes of the Art Deco era, it is important to recognise the exterior architectural influences. Art Deco architecture represented the power and prestige of scientific progress and industrialization of the early 20th century. The structure, founded on mathematical geometrical shapes, is characterised by triangular shapes, chevron patterns, stepped forms and sunburst motifs. Naturally these elements are reflected in the interiors and furnishing. The Italian Parchment Unit is a wonderful example of stepped forms, whilst this Pair of French Pink Club Armchairs reflects the triangular shapes perfectly and the veneer on this Pair of Satinwood Bedside Cabinets adds a subtle hint of chevron.

“Art Deco reflects confidence, vigor and optimism by using symbols of progress, speed and power.”
Robert McGregor

A pair French 1940s large pink club armchairs in the manner of Jacques Adnet (1900-1984), with a geometric modernist shape in their original patterned velvet upholstery.

Available on The Kairos Collective.

Bold Geometric Pattern and Colour

Art Deco is sometimes referred to as “cubism tamed’, however decoration is also a key component to the rich interiors of this era. Upon looking at pattern you will notice the swirls and flicks of Art Deco's predecessor; Art Nouveau, has now been smoothed into sleek, bold and geometric forms. Be confident in your selections; The Natural Stone Shelf Lamp perfectly demonstrates this change in form and would look fantastic sat upon the Makassar Ebony Chest of Drawers. Culturally, global discoveries of the time and a greater ease of travel meant designers of the Art Deco era drew influence from exotic lands. This led to the inclusion of Ancient Egyptian motives and wild animal prints from Africa and the Eastern world. For a pop of wow add the Zebra Print Accent Chair to the corner of any room or how about place an antique piece of Egyptian art to set the imagination wondering.

A 1930s beautiful malachite jewelry box with brass trim inlaid on the lid and around the base top.

Available on The Kairos Collective.

“I feel that, historically, the Art Deco period has the most resonance for me. As a person, it has to be the plucky Clara Bow, the heroine of American silent movies of the 1920s. She embodied feminine dressing mixed with men's style. All this then evolved into the exquisite style and simplicity of Coco Chanel”
Anouska Hempel

An Art Deco bedroom or bathroom vanity unit by Asprey complete with glass jars, British, c.1930.

Available on The Kairos Collective.

Materials

Art Deco was initially a reaction against the austerity of the First World War and so the materiality typical of this style is a real splurge of luxury. High value materials such as silver, pearl, Crystal, lacquer, finished with a touch of exotic are the key components. This Vanity of peach glass and Chrome trims complete with original glass jars from Asprey is the perfect compliment to any bedroom. Pair with the Mirror Clock to link in further elements of glass and mirror, then vamp up the tone with a few exotic materials such as coconut veneer as seen in this beautiful pair of Glaze Tables. Remember; don't forget the accessories to add further depth to your interior, this Malachite Jewelry Box is just the ticket!


Art Deco Picks on Kairos
A large Art deco clock with bronze swallow and globe garnitures on a stepped base, France, c.1930.
A pair of British 1930s Art Deco salon chairs designed by Harry & Lou Epstein Furniture Co.
A vintage Art Deco style table lamp with brass base and a raw silk custom black shade.
A pair French 1940s large pink club armchairs in the manner of Jacques Adnet (1900-1984), with a geometric modernist shape in their original patterned velvet upholstery.
A 1930s Art Deco bronze male with two panthers on a marble base in silhouette style, made in Austria.
A 1930s drinks cabinet by Italian architect Guglielmo Ulrich, made by Valzania Roma or Arca Milano.