The stylish Art Deco lighting style spread into Europe and the USA around 1918 but was very short lived. Early designs relied upon geometric angular shapes, with chrome and glass featuring heavily. Bold black and white contrasts were often used to create a dramatic effect. Many Art Deco lamps used glass adorned with nature motifs such as shells, flowers and sunrises. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a designer, architect and artist who became a major influence on Art Deco design and architecture.
In 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun and the contents were widely publicised and put on display. The splendour and grandeur of the find gripped the imagination of the public and designers alike. They complemented the bold shapes and forms and before long, pyramids; sphinxes and Egyptian inspired motifs were to be found in many 1920’s Art Deco Homes.
Early Hollywood had a major influence in bringing the glamour of Art Deco to the people. The new world of moving pictures brought images of ladies wearing shiny elegant fabrics, subdued styles and elaborate decorative mirrors. Josephine Baker was the quintessential flapper and the inspiration for the popular flapper table lamp which is still popular to this day.
By 1930, mass production techniques enabled Art Deco designs to be produced cheaply. Whereas the preceding Art Nouveau period had been the privy of the rich, the 1920’s Art Deco style was available to everyone. New-fangled plastics and in particular Bakelite now took the place of more exotic materials making them cheap to produce.
The great depression of the 1930's and the start of World War 2 saw the end of what was possibly the most stylish period in history. Art Deco lasted for only 20 years or so, or did it?
Inspired 1920’s style lamps remains popular to this day due to their timeless elegance and beauty. Choose from our comprehensive selection to complement your home, with FREE delivery on purchases of £100 and over.
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