The twenties have started again and that's why we think it's an appropriate time to dive back into the art deco style. It was created about a hundred years ago and is an integral part of the history of art and architecture.
The title of the publication doesn't lie. It truly is a complete — and therefore indispensable — reference work on the decorative arts of the 1920s and 1930s. The more than 500 pages not only offer many interesting essays on the style period and information on the various forms and expressions of Art Deco (furniture, textiles, interior decoration, interior architecture, visual arts), but above all contain a great deal of beautiful visual material. In this book you will also find extensive biographies of the most important designers and artists of the Art Deco style. The interwar period saw a successor to the Art Nouveau style (also known as Jugendstil) that came into being at the end of the 19th century, but had already disappeared by the time of the First World War started. Art Deco is sleeker, more geometric and although the style still exuded luxury, it was also more accessible and therefore better suited to the changing world. Art Deco has influenced many other styles and disciplines. The style still looks fresh and stylish today, about a hundred years after its birth. Art Deco Complete (Librero/Abrams Books) was published several years ago, but remains a relevant publication full of inspiration. Buy it here.
Want to read even more about Art Deco? Make sure to also check out these publications:
Brussels Art Deco - Walks in the city center (Cécile Dubois & Sophie Voituron, Lannoo)
Art Deco (Arnold Schwartzman, Rizzoli)
Art Deco Britain - Buildings of the interwar years (Elain Harwood, Pavilion Books)
Living in Style - The New Art Deco (Claire Bingham, Teneues)
Images courtesy of Librero Nederland B.V.