Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Having a Moment.... ART DECO

The 20th century's most refined design movement is sleek, smart and eternally stylish- especially now. Fall in love with Everything ART DECO!
1910 - 1939
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.

Everything you need to know is in these beautiful tomes Art Deco 1910 - 1939 (Hachette Book Group) & George Barbier:The Birth of Art Deco (Marsilio) * Pre-order this one here, here, & here!


The rich texture of shagreen- a leather originally made of horsehide and popular in the twenties & thirties- lives on in a faux version by Dransfield & Ross.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


Leather tub chairs and a rug with circular sweeps define the entrance hall of the historic Eltham Palace in London.


Can any other soap add so much style to your bathroom?

Handmade lime and basil Deco hand bar, $10; Claus Porto


Sharp angles and snail-shell coils do a pas de deux across this hand-printed wallpaper.


The round-back tub chair, a deco staple, gets a 21st-century update in curved plywood.

Kanu chair, Cassina, $2,000; 800 770 3568


Interior Design Genius Kelly Wearstler turned this landmark ART DECO building in downtown L.A. into residential heaven! It's so glam that Johnny Depp is moved in....


Architecturally inspired columns turn a tiny office essential into a retro event.
Sterling silver & lacquer 1G USB flash drive, Christofle, $390 for stores.



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