Reblogged from ‘Heritage Calling’
The bold, geometric, decorative look of Art Deco originated in France in the 1920s.
It gained prominence in architectural design and was heavily influenced by Egypt – particularly after the high profile discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. During the 1930s, the style was widely adopted through Western Europe and the United States.
Art Deco style stalls bar in Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket © Historic England AA020571
A sleeker more cosmopolitan development of Art Nouveau, Art Deco was first used on public and commercial buildings for both its practicality and modern design. Signature characteristics of Art Deco include geometric shapes and angular corners broken up by ornamental motifs. Entrances are often extravagant, roofs tend to be flat and windows can made up of continuous bands of glass.
Interior view of the Strand Palace Hotel showing art deco furnishings in the foyer © Historic England AA98/05945
Art Deco Fountain Staircase in…
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