Appreciating the History and Design of Art Deco Furniture
The Features and Materials that Distinguish Art Deco Furniture from Other Styles
It is quite possible that you have heard or read the expression Art Deco, used in reference to a style of construction, fashion, or furniture. It may also be likely that you are not aware of the characteristics that distinguish Art Deco from other styles; and in a lighter moment, some of you may even have speculated that Art Deco must be the name of the person who introduced this particular design.
For those who have a passing or active interest in learning more about this style, examining the history of Art Deco, especially as it relates to furniture, reveals an era of craftsmanship and design that remains very much in vogue today.
The launch of Art Deco, so to speak, is largely associated with the period immediately after the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris, France. One of the influences behind the Art Deco movement was society’s optimism after the end of the First World War; this feeling of hopefulness and confidence about the future inspired the furniture designers of that era to incorporate broad-minded thinking, vibrant colours, and dynamic designs in their work.
Thus, the types of materials that you will frequently see in Art Deco furniture pieces include:
- Marble table tops
- Various exotic woods
- Metals and polished metals
- Lucite and Bakelite (i.e.: plastics)
- Stainless steel, chrome, ivory, and glass
- Fur, animal hide, and serpent skin upholstery
In terms of recognizing this specific style, there are a number of distinguishing features that will help you tell Art Deco apart from various other furniture styles; these traits would be:
- Elaborate wood inlays
- Symmetrical or pointed lines
- Bold colours, patterns, and prints
- Elongated, smooth, and sweeping curves
- Evident themes (animals, V-shapes, stars, etc.)
The Art Deco furniture style continued to gain acceptance throughout the 1920s and 1930s; however, its popularity began to wane by the beginning of the Second World War as it was felt to be too garish and extravagant in the face of that conflict. This style enjoyed a revival beginning in the 1960s and, as a result, vintage Art Deco furniture, including custom-made reproductions, remains a popular and sought-after style with both homeowners and interior designers today.
A Superb Selection of Vintage and Custom-Made Art Deco Furniture for Your Home
If you have an interest in buying vintage or custom-made Art Deco furniture for that special room or space in your home, a visit to the Carrocel fine furniture store would be the ideal place to begin and end your search.
We have a stunning selection of Art Deco furniture and accessories for sale, including:
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A sampling of the many beautiful Art Deco pieces currently available in our furniture store showroom consists of the following:
Vintage Art Deco Makassar Sideboard Buffet
- Constructed of Makassar with solid brass keys, keyholes, and centre-door detail
- Interior has two drawers at the top, with storage shelves below and on the ends
- Vintage Art Deco Makassar Sideboard Buffet
Art Deco Spiral Accent Table
- Comprised of a round wood top, petite bottom shelf, and four curved legs
- Accentuated by a dark brown and blonde spiral pattern carried throughout
- Art Deco Spiral Accent Table
Pair of Art Deco Lounge Chairs by Baker
- Design has black wood on the top of the armrests and the backrest
- Cloth fabric with a three-colour striped pattern and black brush trim
- Pair of Art Deco Lounge Chairs by Baker
Carrocel Custom-Made Walnut Art Deco Style Dining Table
- Constructed of solid walnut; includes two leaves and sits atop a pedestal base
- Made-to-order piece in 8-12 weeks; table extends to 14 feet with both leaves
- Carrocel Custom-Made Walnut Art Deco Style Dining Table
Set of 8 – 1940s Art Deco Dining Chairs with Wave-Back Feature
- Each chair has a dark wood frame, tapered legs, and wave detail on the seatback
- Upholstery is a navy coloured fabric with a light shimmer; all chairs newly restored
- Set of 8 – 1940s Art Deco Dining Chairs with Wave-Back Feature
To gain a more complete appreciation of the Art Deco furniture now on display in the Carrocel store, including our custom-made pieces, visit our product catalogue and type Art Deco into the product search field.
Looking for a unique piece of Art Deco furniture to enrich the décor of your home or office? Call the high-end furniture experts from Carrocel fine furniture today at 416-999-2525 or contact us to request a no-obligation consultation; and feel free to visit our 20,000 square-foot showroom, centrally located at 245 Bridgeland Avenue in Toronto, at your convenience.
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