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The History of Art Deco Style in Interior Design


You are probably aware that style and art are two major keys to getting the ‘beautiful’ and ‘appealing’ effect in the design. One concept, which fully embraces these two solutions, is art deco style. 

You must have come across a picture of the Chrysler building in New York or the Theatre Des Champs Elysees in Paris. You couldn’t help but fall in love with their grand ambiance and appeal, what you should know is these buildings have the prestigious position of being prominent icons of art deco style.

It’s exciting to know that art deco style is not restricted to the exterior design of buildings alone. More magic comes alive when art deco style is applied in interior design, furniture design, fabrics, jewellery, and a lot more. What makes art deco unique and appealing? Let’s start with some lists of characteristics: 

•          Fine craftsmanship

•          Rich luxurious materials 

•          Detailed artisanship 

•          Glamour

•          Exuberance

•          Rich colors

•          Geometric influences

•          Exaggerated curves

•          Stylized floral patterns 

The History of Art Deco Style in Interior Design

When Art Deco first appeared on the art and design scene before World War 1, there was no doubt it would embrace a vast spectrum of the art and design world. The origin of its name is Arts Décoratifs, short for Exposition International Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts), an exposition held in Paris in 1925, gives credence to its ‘decorative’ form and style.

The interior design world was quick to apply this ‘decorative form of art and style’ into diverse interior design practices. Interior designers soon saw it fit to modify interiors to suit art deco style. They designed interiors like furniture and fittings along art deco patterns to complement architectural masterpieces. The new designs exemplified luxury bespoke furniture.

From 1925 to 1940s, art deco witnessed its heydays. Previous art movements like cubism characterized by bold geometric forms, fauvism that brought bright colors to the forefront, constructivism that emphasized machine-style art forms along with art nouveau, were early precedents to the art deco style. Influences from the oriental world, ancient Egypt, and even the ancient Aztec empire as well as classical antiquity are also worthy of mention.

The progression of modern technology also played a significant role in its growth and development. One of the major visible results of technological influences is the use of geometric shapes. 

Create an Art Deco Style in Your Interior Design 

Art deco interior designs bring a glamorous taste and feel to your home, office, or any living space you feel like applying it. Tognini Arredamenti, an Italian design house, offers beautiful collections of art deco interior design solutions, which include luxury bespoke furniture inspired by art deco style.

Tognini’s Gatsby collection embodies the art deco style in perfection, featuring clean and rational shapes of furnishings, rich handcrafted finishing, and vivid decorative elements. Tognini Arredamenti luxury furniture services spans over 40 years of experience with an impressive portfolio and a host of satisfied clients.

Art deco motifs such as angular characteristics, vertical lines, and hard edges, Zigzags, chevrons, stepped patterns, floral designs, strong and streamlined shapes. Furniture upholstered in rich velvet, polished high-shine finishes, and brass feet finishing are common features of the exotic collections of design at Tognini. 

Are you an interior designer or an architect? 

“We put our experience gained through 42 years as a private and public interior fit-out contractor working all over the world at your service. Whatever style or technical difficulty of your project is, we are always ready to help you in its execution on the top level.”

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