Friday, May 10, 2013

Art Deco Period and Styling.....

The Great Gatsby film being released in its 3D version May 10th, is bringing back the sparkle and dazzle of the Roaring 20's in fashion, home decor known as Art Deco and creating an overall glamorous appeal.  I read the book way long ago and saw the remake of the original in 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and now I am looking forward to seeing the newest version with Leonardo and Carey.  This movie has been made previously in 1926 and 1949 and each time gets more glitzy.   In looking at trailers on line, it promises to be an interior decorator and former fashion designer's candy store. This movie is rumoured to be another Baz Luhrmann over the top creation and a visual feast.   Wonder if I should get out my long pearls??

I have written an article on this style of decorating, which is being published in the on-line version of Reno & Decor Magazine, so if you like this style,  you can check out at,  under Articles.

Below I thought I would post some of the photos of the sets from the movie followed by some inspiration photos of this iconic Art Deco Decor Style and how you can get the 'look'.

I love this

If you are interested in 'getting the look' of this period, here are some examples and some are quick similar to those found in the movie.  During this period smooth surfaces, exotic materials and repeated geometric forms were found in Interior Design & Decor.  We see straight and curvy lines, geometric and abstracted shapes  as well as decorative details.  Art Deco is bold, colorful, showy and dramatic. (much like the movie).  In general look for geometric and abstract shapes & patterns, sun motifs, chevron.  Colours were intense and strong, like dark brown, beige, red, black, green, gold, silver, and my favourite white on white.

 Sun Motif used in clocks and mirrors

Animal skin area rugs were seen and placed over a plain broadloom carpet or directly on hardwood flooring which found parquet to be popular at the time.

Animal print with the glitz and sunburst motif popular at this time
Abstract/Geometric patterned carpet

Animal Print area rug

Black and white tiles were commonly used in this era and below are seen in a washroom

Furniture was made with straight (sometimes curved) clean lines. We also saw the addition of Glass and Chrome; as well as Lacquered furniture which creates an elegant style.  Exotic wood, veneers and inlays were  used to create bold statements and rooms with a sense of drama. Upholstery was anything from plain to geometric patterns in dark, strong dramatic colours.   Tassels were an added trim on cushions. 

Lacquered Tables
Ornamentation was kept minimal in order to create this modern look, however when used, it was bronze or other metals.

Another treatment was the stepped profile seen above in the metal sconce and below in this chair

Wallpaper used during this time would have been dramatic and may have been geometric pattern, chevron or the ever popular stripes.

 This curved mid tone wood inlay bed is similar to that in 
Jay Gatsby's bedroom

To end my Art /Deco post, I am adding this photo which incorporates many of the elements described above.  I love this space.  I hope you enjoyed reading this post on the Art Deco period and now,   off to the movie.......

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