Reflecting the fast modernization of the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Art Deco personified glamour, luxury, functionality and modernity.
The description “Art Deco” originated from the famous design exhibition, "Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes,” held in Paris 1925. The movement developed across the art world and into architecture, interior design, furniture, textiles, fashion and jewelry.
Thought of as a modern style, Art Deco is in fact based on classical forms and was heavily influenced by early 20th century movements, including Cubism, Modernism, Constructivism and Futurism.
Art Deco has a diverse mixture of historic sources using modern and industrial materials. Plastic, precious and industrial metals, glass and other natural and synthetic materials were employed as well as carved and inlaid wood and lacquer.
Aztec and Egyptian designs, chevrons, the sunburst, leaves and fountains are developed into smooth sleek lines and geometrical patterns. Simple yet elegant industrial themes are presented in a powerful and witty manor.
Art Deco is a style we love to replicate, whether it's an Armand Rateau inspired fire surround, doors crisply carved with symmetrical sunbursts or wood carved deco panels.
Wood carved Art Deco panel - hand carved by Agrell Architectural Carving.
Wood carve Art Deco panel - hand carved by Agrell Architectural Carving.