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AL­MOST 100 YEARS ON, ART DECO IS BACK IN VOGUE

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Some de­sign trends are over in a sea­son while oth­ers are so low key, they be­come part of the fur­ni­ture — think mil­len­nial pink — and then there are oth­ers that are such a slow burn they ap­pear to creep up on us.

That’s how the re­vival of Art Deco style has run. Af­ter a spec­tac­u­lar start with the re­lease of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby in 2013, this style has dis­tilled into a grow­ing love of brass and black as the per­fect de­sign part­ners.

Pop­u­lar across Europe, the US and Aus­tralia from 1925-40, the block style and stucco fin­ishes of Art Deco was the per­fect ve­hi­cle for the new sky­scrapers and apart­ment build­ings of the time.

In­di­vid­ual Art Deco res­i­dences were rare but it trans­lated well into fur­ni­ture, with de­tailed use of tim­ber ve­neers, met­als such as chrome and brass and geo­met­ric shapes that drew on an­cient Egypt for in­spi­ra­tion.

Fall­ing in love again

In some ways the re­newed love af­fair with Art Deco style is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of de­sign trends in re­cent years, from the tri­umphant re­turn of brass through to the rhythm of chevron-pat­terned tex­tiles, bold wall­pa­pers and even round mir­rors.

This sea­son though, de­sign­ers have em­braced the era with gusto, with both Gra­ham & Brown and Mokum Tex­tiles re­leas­ing Art Deco wall­pa­per and fab­ric ranges which, ex­cept for in­no­va­tions in tech­nol­ogy, could have been straight from the 1920s.

De­signer of the Mokum Tex­tiles range, Cather­ine Martin, is also re­spon­si­ble for a range of vin­tage-style rugs for De­signer Rugs as well as be­ing the set de­signer on The Great Gatsby. But she’s not the only one fall­ing in love with this de­sign style.

Re­tail­ers such as James Said, Pot­tery Barn and Bea­con Light­ing are pick­ing up on style ref­er­ences such as geo­met­ric chan­de­liers, bev­elled mir­rors and pat­terned metal fram­ing.

Putting on the Ritz

The key to lock­ing in on this style with­out drift­ing into a time warp is to tap into the spirit of Art Deco rather than slav­ishly recre­at­ing it.

If you’re com­fort­able with darker tones, mix a black and gold Art De­costyle wall­pa­per with a caramel coloured con­tem­po­rary lounge. If pas­tels are more your thing, chrome, mint green and soft pink are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, teamed with a bev­elled mir­ror.

Fin­ish with a lit­tle Gatsby glam­our with the ad­di­tion of a drinks trol­ley.

The key to lock­ing in on this style is to tap into the spirit of Art Deco rather than slav­ishly recre­at­ing it

Wall­pa­per and tex­tiles from Gra­ham and Brown are the per­fect back­drop for this re­boot of Art Deco style. A con­tem­po­rary rug keeps the look firmly in the 21st cen­tury.

De­signer Cather­ine Martin’s range for De­signer Rugs in­cludes the jewel-like Night Bird pat­tern.

Keep the style ref­er­ences sim­ple with some new sta­tionery like the Mir­ror ‘Waves’ range from Of­fice­works.

A bot­tle opener from The De­signer Hunter is clas­sic Art Deco.

Even pas­tels can be glam­orous when teamed with black and brass in this space by James Said. Tex­tured wall­pa­per stops it from look­ing cold.

Cather­ine Martin has just re­leased Metropo­lis, a range of fab­rics and wall­pa­pers for Mokum Tex­tiles, chan­nelling the hey­day of Art Deco style.

Glass as a re­frac­tive ma­te­rial was a strong fo­cus in Art Deco. The Wal­dorf 6 light medium chan­de­lier from Bea­con Light­ing teams it with golden tones.

The Stella cof­fee ta­ble from Oz De­sign Fur­ni­ture (above) and the Tris­tan bar cart from Pot­tery Barn (top) have echoes of Art Deco lines.

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