Art Decoratif or Art Deco was first introduced in 1925 at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris. Art Deco embodies decadence and elaborate visual design. The style is achieved through bold delineated geometric shapes, strong colors, patterns, lines, and gold detailing.  The Art Deco style, which had reached its peak popularity at the 1925 Exposition, gradually waned; its decorative flourishes and emphasis on rich and exotic materials seemed increasingly irrelevant, particularly in light of the great depression and the second world war.

In time, inspired by new materials and technologies, the style became sleeker and less ornamental. Today, interior designers have embraced the minimalist aspects of Art Deco; liberating design from tradition, allowing for increasingly abstract and sculptural aesthetics creating a stunning new iteration of the style. The modern look of Art Deco is characterized by the disregard for symmetry, with credence given to distortions and unconventional shapes.

Below are a few spaces that display the elaborate ornamentation of Art Deco in the 20s with a contemporary twist.

Oretta Restaurant from Toronto

Oretta embodies the nonconformist approach to Art Deco. The asymmetric wall patterns break away from the norm, adding character and individuality to the space, while maintaining visual balance.


Grind & Co from London, UK

This restaurant and bar presents an interesting marriage of colors and texture that work to produce an elegant yet welcoming atmosphere. The transition from a soft pink ceiling, down to deep blue chevron walls and finally the rustic timber floors are to be highly appreciated in how well they all integrate to give Grind & Co its completely unique look.


 Herzog Bar & Restaurant München, Munich, Germany

Herzog Bar uses brass strips  to guide visitors through the space. The lines stand out against the columns, walls, bar and ceiling, which are all painted black, further providing that nostalgic Art Deco vibe.


Can you think of any other interesting locations that make good use of this modern iteration of Art Deco? Feel free to share them with us!

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