Art Deco Furniture
Glamorous mirrors, glossy woods, slick metal finishes, lush leathers, jewel tones and exotic embellishments are all characteristic of Art Deco style furniture.
Vintage furniture is making a huge comeback and Art Deco sofas, tables, armoires and chairs are in hot demand today. Here are the most common Art Deco Furniture Characteristics.
Characteristics of Art Deco Furniture
Art Deco style was at its height during the Roaring Twenties. The economy was flourishing and society started taking an interest in luxury goods.
One of the most luxurious and glamorous investment would be mirrored furniture.
Coffee tables, dressing and vanity tables, dressers and all types of other furniture were being manufactured out of mirrors.
If that isn't glamour, I don't know what is!
Rhulmann and other premiere furniture designers of the Art Deco era specialized in furniture made of rich, exotic woods. The rarer the wood, the better.
Violetwood, Ambonia, ebony and mahogany were some of the most coveted of all.
Less expensive woods were used as well - maple, oak and ash for example. To give the woods that rich, slick look, several coats of lacquer would be slathered on top.
Typical Art Deco marquetry patterns were very geometric in shape - for example, zig-zags, sunbursts and chevrons.
The 1920s are commonly referred to as the Machine Age. This is when industry and manufacturing saw a huge boom.
Factories started pumping out products at lightning speed. The rise of sophisticated machinery allowed for mass manufacturing of all types of goods...planes, trains, automobiles and a multitude of other common every-day products like radios, refrigerators, lamps, etc.
So it's only natural that furniture would also have a 'futuristic-machine' aesthetic. This was most easily achieved by using metal accents and finishes.
To keep with the theme of luxury and glamour, only the most buttery-soft, rich leathers were used for furniture. Armchairs, sofas and ottomans were upholstered in the finest leathers. Typical colors were black, brown and tan.
However, the leathers would also be dyed in super bold art deco colors like cherry red and tangerine orange. The Roaring 20s were a time of great prosperity and happiness, so sunny, bright colors came into fashion. These colors reflected the overall cheerful spirit of the times.
Another furniture trend that arose during the Art Deco era was luxury embellishment.
Art Deco furniture pieces would have added accents of luxurious stones, quartzes and jewels. Some of the more popular accents were onyx, jade, ivory and murano glass.
All of the pieces together would create a very rich, modern and overall luxurious look.
Tips For Finding and Buying
Once you've exhausted your online search, you could scour antique and vintage stores in your area.
Look up antique furniture dealers in your local directory and give them a call to see who might specialize in Art Deco furniture. These people are usually a wealth of information.
And even if they don't have what you're looking for, they'll at least be able to steer you in the right direction.
If you're still at a loss, check local furniture stores in your city. They may not be carrying authentic pieces, but Art Deco furniture reproductions are quite beautiful nevertheless.
And you may be able to achieve that high-end Deco look at a fraction of the price.
Hope that helps!
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