Art Deco - Luxurious and glamorous style, a visual art, architecture, and design movement that originated in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.
The name "Arts Décoratifs" was taken from the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris. Combining modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, Art Deco represented social and technological progress.
Influenced by Cubism, Viennese Art Nouveau, Fauvism, the Ballets Russes, updated furniture craftsmanship, and exotic styles from China, Japan, India, Persia, Ancient Egypt, and Mayan art, Art Deco is characterized by rare and precious materials such as ebony and ivory.
The movement declined in the 1930s with the advent of new materials such as chrome, stainless steel, and plastic. A more polished version known as "Streamline Moderne" emerged, characterized by curved shapes and smooth, polished surfaces.
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