1928′s been known for vintage style jewelry for over 40 years, in the past year, there’s been a major revival if Art Deco and Art Nouveau style jewelry. But what exactly is Art Deco? Where did it come from? What inspired Art Deco? Well, our friends at La Petite Blog have created the ultimate guide to understanding Art Deco.
By Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, Ghislaine Wood
Hachette Book Group
What is Deco?
1 How it started. As a backlash against the lavish, viney ornamentation of art nouveau. Instead of adding decoration for its ow sake, deco (from the early 1900 to the thirties) fused patterns, often geometric, onto functional elements.
2 How to spot it. Many items resemble industrial machines, with bold shapes, rounded lines and shiny finishes. Signature colors include black, chocolate, turquoise, peach and cream. Surfaces are either sleek and lacquered or sensual to the touch.
3 How to get it. Buy an accent table in chrome or brass. Stock your home bar- better still, a cocktail cart (how cute!) – with gear from the twenties and thirties. Get a mirrored vanity table (on my wish list), and cover it with Lalique perfume bottles.
THE IN SKIN
The rich texture of shagreen- a leather originally made of horsehide and popular in the twenties & thirties- lives on in a faux version by Dransfield & Ross.
Above: Mushroom Blackline Faux Shagreen Boxes
Large (H:4″, W:9″, D:7″), $85; Medium, $65; Small, $45
A shimmering mix of Swarovski crystals, gilded metal and a gold plate can’t hide the industrial inclinations of the Dior Art Bracelet.
Christian Dior, 212 931 2950
ALL IN THE LINES
Leather tub chairs and a rug with circular sweeps define the entrance hall of the historic Eltham Palace in London.