The inception of Art Deco Furniture

The inception of Art Deco Furniture

Rapid economic and industrial development across both Europe and Central America during the 1920s and 1930s helped bring about one of the most lavish and cutting-edge periods iart decon art & design history. This age of revolution, also known as Annes Folles or ‘the crazy years’ ended up defining the Art & Deco Movement as it portrayed a uniqueness unlike anything that had ever been seen before.

Art Deco promotes a style that comprises of simple, clean shapes, often times presenting a streamlined look that can be customized using various elements. The goal is individual expression; thus, many Art Deco-inspired settings are created using expensive, man-made materials or substances such as plastics, especially Bekelite, vita glass, silver, chrome and more.

Regardless of elements or colours used, the style for Art- Deco always speaks for itself. As mentioned above, the intention is to always create a sleek and anti-traditional look that encourages individuality while, at the same time, symbolizes wealth and sophistication.

When it all started

The Art Deco period typically falls between the years of the 1920s and 1930s. Much of the inspiration for the movement came from the Paris Exhibition held in 1925. The reason why it became so popular was because it came with a whole new style for art and design; namely, bright and vibrant colours combined with 3D designs. Much of what we see in interior décor today such as Console and Hall tables, Display Cabinets, Sideboards, Dining Room Tables, Bedroom furniture and most notably Dressing tables and Bedside Cabinets / Chests, comes from that era.

Styles and Sizes

The movement quickly gained traction across USA and Europe, including France, and Germany. Many interior designers began using exotic woods and lavish inlays to bring out the colours in their clients’ homes.

In Europe, especially in France, furniture was designed with the intention of looking grandeur to suit preferences of the masses at the time. A combination of Neoclassical design with a touch of Art Deco was used to provide some very bespoke pieces. On the other hand, Germany had its own interpretation of Art and Deco, ‘The Biedermerler style’, where furniture was designed using maple elements, had quickly become very popular. This particular style was inspired by classic pieces of furniture such as Secreteire Chests and Scroll End Sofas.


Art Deco has inspired many design styles and movements since its inception. It has ended up making a significant mark on contemporary art and design and is, thus, perfect to enhance the ambiance of your home or any public or private space.

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