Art Deco Furniture
Welcome to Art Deco Furniture. We have put together a large collection of Art Deco antique furniture, organised very simply so that you can quickly and easily find what you are looking for. Buy an Art Deco Sofa or an Art Deco Chair for that 'shabby chic' look. Or, for the sophisticated look, you can't go wrong with a beautiful Art Deco Occasional Table. For a more informal feel, Lloyd Loom furniture will add its distinctive style to any setting. Whatever your need, bookmark our store and visit us again. We are constantly adding new items to our collection.
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The Art Deco era was an age epitomised by glamour and style that really exploded between the two world wars. The focal point of the Art Deco movement was the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. After this, the Art Deco style was imitated all over the world. However, the term 'Art Deco' has only been used as a description of this design movement since the 1960's.
Art Deco shares the elements of simplicity and geometry, as opposed to its predecessor, the Art Nouveau style which is characterised by intricate patterns of organic curving lines. It would be a mistake to identify the First World War as the dividing line between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Equally it would be wrong to restrict Art Deco design to post First World War. Furniture by Gray, Ruhlmann, Iribe and Follot were designed prior to the First World War but are now acknowledged as pure Art Deco furniture.
The hallmarks of what can be thought of as the first phase of the Art Deco movement are usually found in the dramatic, full of vibrant contrasts, such as colour schemes of glass and black, combined with geometric designs, such as zig zags or chevrons, or the sunburst motif , that are synonymous with Art Deco. The second phase, more associated with the 1930's represents a more mature, elegant approach to modern design. The Golden Age of Hollywood being representative of the inspiration behind this phase, its cool sophistication representing some would say a less garish approach to design.
This 'Moderne' movement gradually evolved in various areas - furniture, architecture, interior design - all with the emphasis on the use of the very finest materials, exquisite workmanship and of course, good taste. Art Deco can be viewed as just one stylistic component of the Art Moderne.
Materials selected for Art Deco furniture design were the very finest and often exotic. Ebony was the wood of choice during this era. Also popular were veneers, such as macassar ebony, palmwood and Brazilian jacaranda, as well as more traditional veneers such as mahogany and amboyna. These veneers were often used in juxtaposition with a burl wood, such as maple, providing a decorative contrast. Also sadly en vogue again was snakeskin, ivory, tortoiseshell and shagreen. Shagreen, the skin of the dog fish, would be bleached in a chlorine solution, and then glued in position on a piece of furniture. Eileen Gray was the first designer to successfully utilise Oriental lacquerware in modern furniture design, adhering to the time consuming and honoured tradition of lacquer application requiring twenty-two separate stages! Le Corbusier favoured the use of industrial materials such as chromed tubular steel and simple forms, as espoused by the Bauhaus school, in his designs. His Grand Comfort and Basculant armchairs are instantly recognisable today as iconic pieces of Art Deco furniture.
If you love Art Deco furniture and have decided to collect it, what factors should you be considering? Well of course there is the authenticity of the piece and its condition. If an item of furniture is damaged, what might be the costs for repair - veneers and marquetry can usually be restored but at an additional cost. Above all, do you love your chosen piece of furniture? Unless you are an antique's dealer, this is probably the most important question to ask yourself. Your budget will also be a factor, of course. Sadly most of us are never likely to own an original Herbst lady's desk or Ruhlmann chaise longue. However, many wonderful pieces were mass produced during the 1920s and 1930s and consequently became affordable to a growing middle class population who aspired to the sophistication and pure luxury of the Art Deco style. Fortunately, Art Deco furniture survived and we have many pieces typical of the period for you to choose from.
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