The Art Deco movement emerged in France after World War I, it was a move away from the hardship endured during this time and was known as the roaring 1920’s; a time of glamour, jazz, frivolities, fashion and luxury.
Art Deco saw a huge shift towards modernisation; the Paris Exhibition of 1925, showcasing fashion, taste and luxury signalled the beginning of this. The Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes was an exhibit dedicated to modern, decorative arts; the term Art Deco was coined in the 1960’s when reminiscing on this exhibition.
Art Deco spanned across the elements of design, from photography to architecture, transport to furniture and product designs. An eclectic style, it embodied the Flapper style, it was modern and luxurious and the craftsmanship and materials used were exemplary. Art Deco replaced the curved flowing lines of the Art Nouveau movement; furniture became machine-made and angular, with bold geometric patterns prominent.
Art Deco was not just a type of design it was a lifestyle, it is the perfect design movement to incorporate into a modern home, as it was so full of style. The Art Deco furniture and accessories we’ve complied below would make the perfect additions to your home.
Venetian Art Deco Chandelier
Make Art Deco lighting a focal piece, this beautiful Venetian chandelier has glass leaves fanning out from the centre between the branches, there are four lights on each branch, in the shape of candle bulbs.
The chandelier also features glass flowers and would look stunning in a dining room or lounge. It is being sold for £895 by Elmgarden Antiques.
Art Deco Walnut TV Cabinet
You don’t get many antiques in better condition than this Art Deco low TV cabinet; it is made from beautiful burr walnut and has a concave shaped front. The TV stand has six drawers framed by an attractive ebony inlay. The drawers are made from solid mahogany, a very durable wood.
It is being sold by LT Antiques for an incredibly reasonable £795 for such immaculate condition.
French Art Deco Leather Chairs
The Art Deco movement celebrated vibrant colour, and these chairs perfectly encompass this, in opulent green they are the perfect addition of colour from this period in a room. Made by Erton this pair of leather club chairs have an attractive moustache shaped back.
They are being sold for £1,475 by Elmgarden Antiques. They are both stylish and extremely comfortable.
Small Art Deco Walnut Wardrobe
This small Art Deco wardrobe is the perfect piece of furniture from this period; made from walnut it has a lovely patina. It features its original working lock and key, with two doors it opens to reveal a hanging space and there are two drawers inside on the right hand side and a useful shoe rack.
The wardrobe is being sold for £695 by LT Antiques.
Art Deco Poster
This Art Deco poster is a perfect way to bring a bit of the design movement into your interior. This large print is an original advertising poster by Alphonse Mucha and is considered in good condition. It has been reframed in an Art Nouveau style frame. The frame is 33 inches wide and 43 inches tall.
The print was made in 1910 and is priced at £595 from Malcolm Eglin Antiques.
Art Deco Brass Lamp
A rarity in itself, this lamp is perfect for a desk, the design is synonymous with a student’s or a desk lamp, and it has a swivel head and is signed. The lamp was made in 1920.
It is on the market for £295 from Fernyhough Antiques, it is in exceptional condition and made from brass.
1920’s Art Deco Mirror
This beautiful mirror embodies the Art Deco movement with its clean, rectangular mirror, set on an amber tinted oval base it dates back to the 1920’s. The mirror could be hung either way depending on what look you’d like to emulate. The mirror is 18inches by 27 inches
It costs a reasonable £180 from Antique Furniture Direct.
Bronze Art Deco Sculpture
This bronze Art Deco nude sculpture is beautiful, the lady is reclining on a marble base, the signature on the sculpture is ‘Cipriani’, and it was made in 1930. It weighs an impressive 17kg and stands at 32cm wide and 55cm wide.
Lornel Trading is selling it for £695.
Art Deco Watercolour Study
This watercolour entitled ‘A Nude Lady’ has used lovely subtle colour and detailing to bring this 1920’s lady to life. Painted by the Artist Ben Quartermon it would look lovely placed against a wall in a lounge. It is framed in a modern frame under slightly distressed glass.
The watercolour is being sold for £125 from Trade Antiques.
As Robert McGregor once said that the feeling of the time was that “there was going to be no more poverty, no more ignorance, no more disease. Art Deco reflected that confidence, vigour and optimism.” It is the perfect way to be bold and brave in your interior, to embrace this feeling of positivity and glamour, of style and luxury.