Art Deco is a style that was developed in the 1920’s and saw its zenith in the 1930’s. Art Deco is short for ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’. This international exhibition of decorative and industrial arts was held in Paris in 1925 and was the birth of this style. The Art Deco style influenced every aspect of daily life from painting, sculpture and architecture to home furniture and furnishings. Art Deco style is characterized by its sharp lines and profiles, geometric motifs, symmetry and repetition of design and the use of the most modern materials of the day including stainless steel and plastic.
This style became ubiquitous in the 1930’s. Movie sets were decorated in the style and this perhaps did the most to influence the style of furniture people desired in their homes. The style was waning by the advent of World War II and fell out of favor during that time. There was a resurgent interest in the style in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Today, Art Deco style is not as popular as it was, but there are people who appreciate and are devoted to this most original of modern styles.