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The Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s remains one of the most transformative artistic, architectural, and design movements in history. Designers like Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, René-Jules Lalique, and Louis Süe and André Mare changed the conversation around furniture and buildings by creating works with dynamic character and defined personality, during a post-war period where art and design experienced a newfound appreciation. The buildings, furniture, and works of art that defined this period are still admired around the world today, and in the past decade, we’ve witnessed a resurgence of designers drawing from Art Deco influences. This week, we’re highlighting five designs that exude the essence of Art Deco.
Space Copenhagen
Undeniably, the loafer lounge is an eye-catching chair. Sporting a unique silhouette, clean lines, and plush upholstery, this striking and elegant design makes itself perfectly at home in both residential or commercial spaces such as lounges, museums, and restaurants. The design was born out of a request from the SAS Royal Hotel to Space Copenhagen, asking the design duo to create a chair specifically for their elegant hotel. And though Loafer certainly does work beautifully in a hotel setting, this chic and comfortable chair caters to a variety of uses and spaces, adding a touch of art deco sophistication wherever it’s placed.
Giopato & Coombes
A combination of sleek, curved brass and ribbed glass light capsules, Cirque is a flowing and elegant lighting design with the capability to entirely transform a room. The light’s design enables Cirque’s multiple pieces to be chained together in an unlimited array of configurations, as one light flows into the next, and so on. Cirque feels just as much like a work of art as a functional light for your space. If you’re looking for a unique design, unlike any other, this is it.
Elsa Ekdal & Anne Skoug
Simple and stylish, Embla is a timeless and effortless occasional table. The combination of solid wood and glass plate create an elegant juxtaposition of contrasting materials, while the two levels add convenience and functionality. Whether used for additional serving space, or as an opportunity to display decorative items, the two tiers simply allow Embla to do more. The designers explain the intended use: the larger platform is for objects that come and go, such as dinnerware, while the smaller platform is for things that stay put, like a flower pot. Wood frame available in painted or stained oak and beech, glass plate available in clear or bronzed glass.
Ettore Sottsass
Etrusco almost feels as if it arrived in a time machine. The colors, shapes, and overall design bring to mind clear visions of the art deco interiors of the 1920s and 1930s. The design’s gold-plated cylindrical elements and bright Alpi veneer frame are ideal for introducing a pop of color into your space, without appearing overstated or garish. Ideal for master bedrooms, boutiques, dressing rooms, or hotels, Etrusco offers something exciting and different for anyone in search of a stylish vanity mirror. Every piece is identified with progressive numbering, adding to the uniqueness and one-of-a-kind feel of the design.
Alberto Lievore
Emily’s art deco influence is undeniable. Defined by compact dimensions and a welcoming shape, Emily is committed to relaxation, convenience, and style, representing the ideal combination of comfort and elegance. The chair feels as though it was plucked right out of an image of an upscale interior from the 1930s, while remaining versatile enough to blend seamlessly with today’s contemporary spaces. Available fully upholstered in a wide range of fabrics, and with a matching pouf.