Designers, architects and homeowners still enjoy working with Art Deco influences today, because the movement drew on tradition while also celebrating the advent of a more modern world.
As the Art Deco Society of New York states: “Art Deco is a pastiche of styles, one that, when romance and nostalgia are thrown into the mix, provides an infectious energy and ‘snap’ that resonates beyond its diehard fans to the public at large.”
Furthermore, the movement fits very well into the 21st century trend for minimalism and stylised design features – although its influences will also sit perfectly alongside more opulent decor to avoid going over the top.
At J Rotherham, we are able to offer a range of fireplace styles that reproduce typical Art Deco designs, yet also present all the benefits of quality craftsmanship and manufacturing using the very latest stonemasonry technology.
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What is Art Deco?
There can be few people around who have not heard the term Art Deco – and even fewer who have not seen an example of it in the form of buildings, furniture or decoration. Indeed, a glance at a photograph of New York’s cityscape is enough to glimpse some fine examples of Art Deco architecture, notably the Chrysler building in Manhattan.
The movement began in Europe in the early 20th century, but really came into its own after the end of the First World War.
By the 1930s, thanks to mass production and advertising, Art Deco was almost everywhere and people of all social classes were incorporating it into their homes. A popular way of doing this was on front doors or garage doors, where pre-war sunrises can still sometimes be seen today.
Art Deco is typified by geometric, streamlined and angular shapes, lots of mirrors and mirror tiles, metallic and shiny decoration and – as we have already mentioned – the stylised sunrise motif. The stepped profile also epitomises the Art Deco shape.
The movement drew its influences from a number of different sources, including the Cubist paintings of artists such as Picasso and themes from the glamour of early Hollywood costumes and sets.
Art Deco in the home
Ordinary people flocked to add a touch of Art Deco to their interiors in the years before the Second World War. They chose angular, geometric furniture and motifs such as zig-zags, triangles, chevrons and even lightning bolts for everything from lampshades to bureaus.
Art Deco fireplaces were also especially popular, as they were easy to install and quickly made a modern focal point for the open fire in living rooms and bedrooms.
Unfortunately, as a result of mass production, there was an emphasis on making these fireplaces as quickly and cheaply as possible, which meant using cheap materials such as concrete and porcelain tiles.
This means that relatively few examples survive today, in sharp contrast to the high-quality Tudor and Georgian stone or carved wood styles that are still going strong in some of Britain’s stately homes.
However, thanks to photography and magazine features, we are still able to see the beauty of these Art Deco creations even if we cannot experience them first-hand. That also means that we can emulate them for the 21st century home – only in better materials and using methods that mean they will stand the test of time.