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Art Deco

Definition: Art Deco

Art deco is a bold, industrial design style characterized by geometric shapes — particularly triangles — sharp angles, heavy lines, and bold typography. The term grew out of a modern decorative arts exposition held in Paris in 1925, and though the trend continued well into the 1930s, art deco is very closely associated with the styles of the Roaring '20s.

Influenced by the emerging technology of the machine age, as well as the Cubist art movement, art deco can be found everywhere from skyscrapers to poster art to furniture design. The Chrysler Building in New York is a prime example, as is the South Beach district of Miami.

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