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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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becoming-home becoming-home 10 years
Thanks Casa.. but what happened to my post? :)
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 10 years
. . .And the Golden Gate Bridge! :-)
FiestyRed36 FiestyRed36 10 years
If you want some more great examples of Art Deco - check out Tamara de Lempicka's stuff. She's got some great paintings...
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I also thought it was important to point out that deco is pronounced as you would the word decoration. I once gave a report using the word art D-co and was horrified to realize it was de-co. I too am a huge fan!
libs1dlab libs1dlab 10 years
I am a big fan of the Art Deco style. I love to look at older building in this style and keep my eye out for Art Deco pieces.
Home Home 10 years
Wow, Becoming-Home. That is one of the coolest wedding invitations I've ever seen! What a great theme.
MamaD MamaD 10 years
I love art deco....
Catinlv Catinlv 10 years
LOVE ART DECO AND SOUTH BEACH!!!
CocoChic CocoChic 10 years
I love the Chrysler building. It's one of my favorite pieces of architecture.
paii paii 10 years
I have to commend you for adding this to casasugar. This kind of information is very closely related to Home and Garden. The styles and designs we see today are very closely related to art and to our past which all have something to do with the way we feel about our homes and the way our homes make us feel. It's nice to find something we can learn from in addition to great "Fab Finds" and shopping bargains.
sgdish sgdish 10 years
Art deco done well can be very sophisticated, but not done well can look quite tacky.
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Absolutely one of my design faves. Miami is Fab because of all the beachy art deco... xo
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