We’ve called this feature ‘Art Deco makes a comeback’, but in fact it’s one of those trends that never really goes away. It first emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, and was evident in the architecture, furnishings and design of the time. Its main characteristics are bold, precise geometric shapes and strong colours. At the time, Art Deco made use of materials which were new and exciting, such as chrome and aluminium, glass blocks and a type of opaque glass called vitrolite. Modern Art Style takes some of the basic ingredients, such as the geometric shapes and bold colours, and mixes them up a bit with different metallics and textures.
This is a style that works well in modern homes, as it makes use of strong shapes and focuses on clean, unfussy lines. We’ve picked out some of our favourite modern pieces with a nod to the Art Deco style and a contemporary twist.
Art Deco Venetian console table
With its strong tulip shape and mirrored glass surfaces, this console table will add a focal point to your hall or living area. IT costs £525 from Sweetpea & Willow.
Water carafe and glass set, Gisela Graham
Once you’ve got your side table sorted out, adorn it with this water glass and carafe featuring an iconic 1920s Art Deco fan pattern. Perfect for taking out into the garden whilst you read and relax or up to bed for that night cap. £12.50, available from Hurn & Hurn.
Josephine Art Deco fan wallpaper in rose gold, Cult Furniture
Think flapper dresses and amber cigarette holders with a glass of martini. This stylish Gatsby inspired Art Deco design features a retro pattern with a modern twist. This rose gold metallic fan motif on a pale pink background would be perfect on a feature wall in a bedroom to create an opulent effect. £16.99 per 10m roll, available from Cult Furniture.
Large silver sunburst Art Deco mirror, Melody Maison
A beautiful silver wall mirror in a sunburst Art Deco panelled design to add interest to a hallway or bedroom. It features a centre circle mirror surrounded by 16 small panels in a silver colour frame with slight distressing. £38.95, available from Melody Maison.
Art Deco fan wall mirror, Windsor Browne
This second Art Deco style mirror again makes use of the fan shape and has clear and black glass panels to create an eye catching design. These mirrors are an inexpensive way of dipping a toe into the Art Deco trend, and look great on a plain wall. £59.95, available from Windsor Browne.
Art Deco sideboard with brass inlay, Atkin and Thyme
Here’s an unusual but useful addition to your living room. This timeless Art Deco style sideboard has a middle shelf for maximum storage capacity and is made using rich grained mango wood inlaid with brass sheeting. £449, available from Atkin and Thyme.
Peacock Art Deco fire screen, The French Bedroom Company
If you’re lucky enough to have a real fireplace, then make a feature of it with this unusual fire screen. When folded it takes up a small amount of space at the side of your fireplace. When opened up the peacock-shaped fans splay out from a gold sea-shell to reveal a spectacularly eye-catching firescreen that can’t help but be the centrepiece of your room. £140, available from The French Bedroom Company.
If you love this design style, then read our other piece on how to decorate your home in art deco style.
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