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ART DECO Art decos eclectic stylistic influences evolved from around 1900 culminating in the beginning of the art deco period about 1920 Art Deco is generally considered to be objects produced from around 1925 until about 1939 when World War II engulfed Europe and subsequently the US The stylistic influences of Art Deco continued on after the war evidenced in many ways in 1950s design and what we now call mid-century modern Art deco had a substantial impact in most all fields of design including jewelry sculpture furniture glass architecture and graphic design The period from 1920 until the early 1930s was marked with many contrasts from the wild times of the Roaring 20s through the Great Depression and its aftermath Art deco style offered people elegant environments of a cool sophistication creating objects from new man made materials like the plastic bakelite and using exotic woods and inlays in furniture Simple geometric lines are inherent in Art Deco design objects were simpler than art nouveau but were streamlined and elegant in their angular forms and vibrant colors Industrial design thrived during the art deco period and a fascinating variety of consumer goods were produced at all price ranges incorporating the streamlined Art Deco style Even transportation mediums like trains and automobiles became aerodynamic In fact many of the most famous designs of the 20th century were designed in the Deco style Art Deco furniture was made from rare woods and veneers to the highest possible standards and so was affordable only by the wealthy There was much use of ebony increasingly rare even as early as the 1920s so often it was used as veneers Lacquering was also used extensively on furniture of the period as was parchment sharkskin and snakeskin all used for decorative effect Other unusual materials used for furniture included forged iron and chrome-plated steel Furniture made of steel whilst exemplifying the modernist spirit of Art Deco also brought down
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