Art Deco

1900-1950 An influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's before waning in popularity after World War II. Art Deco is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with machine age imagery and materials. The style is often characterised by rich colours and bold geometric shapes, expressing a distinct departure from preceding delicate and decorative antique furniture styling. In its hey day Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.