100 Years of Art Deco
2020 is a far cry from the Roaring 20’s of the previous century, but still marks a significant milestone for Art Deco design as pieces from this era begin to move into the realm of true antiques. Popularised in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the word ‘Art Deco’ and its associated style emanated from the 1925 Parisian Exhibition‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes’. This title, translated to ‘International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts’, epitomises the aspiration of the French design community; to define the post-war style with distinctive French modern artisan and craftsmanship and captivating international appeal.
Art Deco recognised formative influences from the geometry of cubism to the industrialist style of constructivism, whilst emphasising a new take on modern luxury with the use of contemporary materials such as chrome and bakelite. Lacquered exotic and rich hard woods allowed furniture design to incorporate natural wood grains whilst retaining the reflective and sleek characteristics of progressive man-made materials. Stylistically, Art Deco design, objects and furniture incorporated these materialistic qualities with common elements such as geometric zigzags, chevrons and bright colours. Altogether, Art Deco style symbolised the dynamic energy of the 1920’s and new found opulence that contrasted the former decades.
The rise and decline of Art Deco coincided with post-war global prosperity followed by the financial collapse associated with The Wall Street Crash in 1929. As the Great Depression shrouded the economy during the1930’s, Art Deco style followed suit as mass production, cheaper materials and muted designs continued to provide Art Deco influence during times of austerity.
As we progress further into the 2020’s, more Art Deco pieces are set to become true antiques and the knock on effect of the economic crash is still noticeable, with pieces from the 1920’s retaining value through their quality craftsmanship, materials and luxury. This is good news for dealers and collectors of Art Deco objects and furniture, as after a decade of mid-century modern fixation, cyclical trend predictors forecast an Art Deco revival for the 2020’s. It will be another decade before the streamlined adaptation of 1930’s Art Deco enters the domain of true antiques, but here at 2Covet, we would like to celebrate all things Art Deco by showcasing pieces from the 20’s, 30’s and all the way through to 80’s revival pieces.