February 26, 2012
Yeah I know, you’re over it… been there done that. Well I’m here to tell you it’s gonna make a comeback. Every style falls out of fashion, and inevitably it almost always comes back. Maybe a bit updated, or tweaked for today but 70’s style came back, and I’m predicting that it’s Art Deco’s time to shine (again). Art deco experienced a decline in popularity during the late 1930s and early 1940s, but had a resurgence during the 1960s and 1980’s. I predict a new generation of furniture buyers who didn’t live through the last surge in popularity will embrace Deco for its clean lines, modern style and rich complex patterns and begin to buy collect and ultimately drive the prices up.
Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity. Art deco’s linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style art nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early twentieth century, including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism,modernism and futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms. Although many design movements have political or philosophical beginnings or intentions, art deco was purely decorative.
I took many pictures in NYC while I was there but I have since found this website: nyc-architecture.com that really gives a comprehensive list ( with pictures) of New Yorks best Art Deco.