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It’s most commonly believed that the ART DECO style emerged as a direct bi-product of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels held in Paris in 1925.  But others will argue that the Art Deco style was actually conceived in 1908–1912, a transitional time period.

In his book “Art Deco”, Alastair Duncan, consultant for Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Decorative Arts at Christie’s, New York, explains:

Like its predecessors, it was an evolving style that did not start or stop at any precise moment.  Many items now accepted as pure Art Deco—furniture and objets d’art by Emile-Jacques Ruhlman, Paul Iribe, Clément Mére and Paul Follot, for example—were designed either before the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, or during the war.

Duncan believes if it weren’t for “the four-year hiatus created by the First World War, the art Deco style would have run its full, and natural, course by 1920.”

Being the only comprehensive American decorative style that originated in France, not Britain, Art Deco was also the first style that looked toward the future rather than the past.  New materials like Bakelite, Lucite, aluminum and stainless steel were used for the first time. In fact, when a traditional material like brass was used, it was often chrome plated.  It was during this period that cylindrical locksets were introduced. In architecture, Deco Style materialized as flat roofs, stuccoed walls, extensive areas of glass blocks, and steel casement windows.

A common motif of early Art Deco style is Zigzag.  Borrowing from Native American design, pre-Columbian arts, and African tribal art, Art Deco style had heavy emphasis on the use of chevrons, circles, and stepped-back lines with vertical accents.  The low-relief, angular ornament applied to smooth building surfaces is considered Zigzag Art Deco.

Later (1934 on), Streamlined or Moderne style would reign supreme in Art Deco.  With much less emphasis on ornamentation, Streamlined Deco was ideal for industrial design.  Everything from automobiles and airplanes, to toasters and coffee pots saw the aerodynamic influence of the style.

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