Fun, escapism and optimism – never were these attributes better captured in design than in the period between the two world wars, which has come to be known as the art deco era.
Having just left behind the terrors of the First World War, Europe and America were ready to dance, party and forget; to listen to jazz music and throw themselves into ‘cocktails and laughter’ as Noel Coward put it. What emerged was a creative outpouring with a buoyant spirit that stretched from art deco’s birthplace in Paris to cities around the world. The design movement was unstoppable, quickly adopting the sleek lines and metal sheen of the fast-developing aeronautical industry and embracing the glamour and escapism of Hollywood.
Defined by speed, dynamism and luxury, why not entice yourself to invest in some sleek art deco pieces with these seven easy decorating ideas?
Keep your look cool and sophisticated with a moody grey decor to let rich wood, glass and marble materials sing out
Dynamic designs and formal furniture arrangements echo the ethos of art deco. Be confident and mix graphic prints and shapes for a statement salon-style lounge
Make a walnut display cabinet work in your home today by using a strong backdrop of wallpaper. Allow space inside to curate a collection of old and new glassware, sculpture and objects
Throw a cocktail party with panache. Load an Asian-influenced bamboo trolley with Ziggurat glassware and shakers with gold accents
Pick luxurious maple wood pieces in a classic art deco cloud design to take centre stage in your dining space. Decorate with wallpaper in small areas using light tones to keep the scheme fresh
A grand headboard with adjoining cabinets stands handsomely against exotic animal prints. Velvet-covered furniture and sensuous silk bed linen enhance the feeling of unabashed opulence
Create a Gatsby-style look with an embroidered screen and a sunburst motif mirror. Add accents of dove, charcoal and silver with delicate shell pink for an elegant look