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.