art deco // DESIGN HISTORY

Oh Art Deco, you are so glorious!  First popularized in France around 1910, it was common in the US through the 1930’s.  Art Deco is known for its shell-shaped graphics, long lines and romantic yet natural color palettes.  Here at Fortunate1 we love Art Deco so much we plan to include some elements in our next textile collection.  But until then, we get to marvel at the past and also what some other contemporary designers are doing.


Émile-Jacques Ruhlman vanity + Modern Console Table

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann was one of the premier French Art Deco furniture designers.

Ruhlmann furniture featured exotic veneers, wood burnished to a high polish, marble and curved edges, all elements also found in this contemporary console by Shine by S.H.O.


Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre + Atelier Tekuto’s Twin Bricks

Glass brick was a common construction element in Art Deco buildings.  They add soft diffused light to the interior of a building.  Pierre Chareau used glass brick for the entire exterior wall of his Maison de Verre.  This modern example in Japan was based on the more famous “Crystal Brick” house and features special panels along with the glass blocks that act as aseismatic elements which both lower cost and provide additional earthquake safety.


Daily Express Building + Metropolitan Home model kitchen

British art deco buildings, soon followed by the streamlined version in the US were highlighted by curved edges.  This kitchen takes the look a step further by using wood and exposed details that make it feel like the interior of a yacht.


Maritime Museum + Portside Condominiums both still located in San Francisco

The streamline style, popular in the United States, was an expansion from the art deco style that was popular in the UK.  Streamline buildings feature curved edges and railings like their British counterparts, but also add the “ship” component of porthole windows.  They were also painted white or pastel.  The Portside in San Francisco is located along the water, below the West-side of the Bay Bridge making this a successful modern inspired by streamline.


Paul Poiret interior + Ann Sacks tile mosaic

Paul Poiret’s interiors reflected his background in fashion, often featuring flowing designs in the form of vines and trees.  These organic elements were often set in bright colors against white walls, like the dining room above.  This contemporary kitchen wall design is reminiscent of Poiret, with its bright blue vines crawling up the white background.


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