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The movement combined elegance and style with functionality. The sleek Palladium Low Energy Semi Flush is a great example of this influence. This fitting will be perfect for adding a touch of art deco glamour to rooms with lower ceilings. It captures the style and flavour of the 1920’s beautifully.
If the table lamp caught your eye, then the matching Quoizel Inglenook matching pendant is another light fitting you’re sure to love. Perfect for illuminating romantic dinners, family meals, or relaxed drinks with friends, this pendant is handcrafted, with each piece of glass in the shade displaying slight variations, making each pendant as unique as your home.
Combining opal glass, decorative beads, and a satin gold finish, the Lucide Colani ceiling pendant light really is the epitome of art deco styling at its finest. Hanging proudly above a kitchen island, table, or any other focal point in your home, this luxurious light fixture will completely transform the look, feel, and function of a space.
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Art Deco emerged in the 1920’s as artists and designers broke away from the austerity of the war years. Paris became the centre of a movement which aimed to combine art with new technologies. Geometric structures, angular shapes, zigzag forms combined with bright colours and the use of chrome, plastic and glass dominated this new modernism. It influenced all forms of design from furniture and textiles to architecture. A renowned example of Art Deco in architecture is the Chrysler Building in New York.
Projecting a mystical sparkly glow from four bulbs housed within polished chrome and octagonal crystal beads, the Caesar Crystal chandelier will inject some magic into your home. This fixture looks great as a stand alone piece or as a pair above a long table, particularly if your room is already quite colourful.
Rich colours, geometric shapes, motifs from nature and decorative materials; these are some of the key characteristics of today’s art deco lighting. They reflect the style of one of the 20th Century’s most important European art movements. This feature describes the key aspects of this movement and the way in which it continues to have a significant influence on contemporary design.
Art Deco Lighting soon embraced Modernism and the machine age aesthetic. Lamps were made of brilliant coloured metals such as steel and chrome, with white glass, sometimes decorated with the new Bakelite.
Jean Perzel was one of the most important modernist lighting designers of the 20s and 30s. Unlike many artists who designed a range of elements such as furniture, glass, fashion, textiles etc. Perzel was exclusively a lighting designer and manufacturer. He developed a special form of glass that would spread light evenly.
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You can still pick up some stylish pieces at garage sales, but for high-end named pieces, you will need to pay a lot more and go to reputable dealers and auction houses. Make sure you get a receipt with a proper description of the item and its attribution.
Dating back to Paris in the 1920s, traditional art deco is all about bold colours, geometric patterns, and statement shapes. The movement emerged as a rebellious response to austerity during the war, and brought about a generous splash of gold, steel, and opulent materials that dramatically changed the world of interior design. This trend continued to flourish right through the 30s, 40s and 50s, before finally giving way to Mid-century modern styles.
Such famous names as Jacques-Emiles Ruhlmann and Paul Poiret better known as a furniture designer and a couturier respectively, would design entire rooms. Lighting was such an important part of the complete design of a room, that yet another new profession – that of lighting engineers and designers was created.
Edgar Brandt, famous for his wrought iron, formed partnerships with several glass-makers most notably Daum Frères to create many masterpieces of lighting – for example, an Art Deco chandelier with the most delicately formed wrought iron frame supporting textured opalescent glass shades sending a subtle light upwards from the many arms of the fixture. There was a move away from the bronze and pastel shades of the Art Nouveau movement towards more indirect lighting, where the quality and luminosity of the light were more important than the decoration of the fixture. That’s not to say that there are not many examples of highly decorative light fittings, but the textures of white glass, sandblasted, enamelled, or engraved were prized for the different light effects that could be achieved from them.
If you appreciate the graceful polished look that art deco creates, but prefer a more minimalist design in your own home, then the Amalfi ceramic wall light is the perfect choice. Hung alone or in multiples, the three tiered shade can be painted to suit your own taste and style, a gentle beam of up and down lighting helps create a relaxing, homely feel.
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Lighting was more indirect, with Torcheres which directed the light upwards. These were tall, standing lamps, usually with a square nickel or chrome plated column with a geometric or abstract form lamp at the top. Wall sconces in milky opalescent glass were also employed to direct light upwards.
There was such a vogue for stylish lighting in the 20s and 30s in Paris that there were special exhibitions set up specially for Art Deco lighting. The “Salons de la Lumiere” exhibition was held no less than five times in the 1930s. There was even a “Société pour le Perfectionement de l’Éclairage” (Society for the Perfection of Lighting)!
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The bold geometric and angular shapes of the movement, sometimes represented in a tiered structure, have clearly influenced modern lighting and can be seen in fittings such as the Mashiko 200 Flush Fitting in bronze.
The Quoizel Tiffany Table Lamp offers ultimate art deco luxury to turn heads and spark conversations, and will look great atop a hallway table or sideboard. Its valiant bronze stem holds an elegant 248 piece stained glass shade, containing colours of amber, cream and tan, with accented sapphire blue & rich green.
Channeling a bygone era of glitz, glamour, and all things ‘Gatsby’, art deco can be a tricky interior design style to nail. Here are some of our favourite art deco inspired lighting pieces to help you achieve amazing results with minimal effort.
The master glass-maker Lalique created many lights, from simple glass lamps and wall sconces to huge chandeliers for hotels and businesses. His early examples were decorated with flowers and Art Nouveau maidens, but later he embraced the Art Deco geometric forms and motifs of sunbursts and fountains.
In the 1920’s Art Deco was also seen in lighting design both in public spaces and in the home. Today’s Art Deco light fittings, using the latest technology, echo those original designs, as seen in the Dragonfly Large Tiffany Style Pendant. This fitting uses brightly coloured glass together with a striking dragonfly design reflecting two key features of the Art Deco period.
Chrome was a brand new material in the early 20th Century and was widely used. You can see this mirrored in the design of the Errol Semi-Flush which blends polished chrome with crystal to create a highly ornate and flamboyant piece.
There are some good bargains to be had in Art Deco lighting on eBay, and it can really make a huge difference to a room to have a chic and stylish lampshade, sconce, chandelier or lamp.
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There is a lot to choose from in Art Deco Lighting, and there are still lots of pieces available. Always check for condition – chrome often wears off and although pieces can be re-chromed it can be expensive.
Art Deco tapped into people’s desire for pleasure and escape through its lavish ornamentation. Not surprisingly the years of depression in the 30’s followed by the outbreak of war made the exuberant nature of the movement irrelevant. However its appeal never went away and the design in all its aspects has been revived in Art Deco lighting today.
Today, art deco themes are starting to win back popularity among interior designers and homeowners, with modern influences adding a vivid monochrome palette, and more metallic touches into the mix.
Art Deco Lighting had its birthplace in Paris in the 1920s. It was a period of great elegance, there was a feeling of prosperity and optimism and a huge demand for luxury items and home décor. The wealthy Parisians would engage the new professions of ensembliers, artists decorateurs, – what we would now call interior designers, – to create a complete harmonious look for their homes.
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Other well known lighting designers in Paris included Albert Simonet, Maison Desny, Albert Cheuret, Damon, and Eugene and GL Capon. In the USA the modernist style of lighting was embraced from around 1926 onwards and started to appear in the stores. The most succesful lighting designers were Donald Deskey, who designed the interior of the Radio City Hall in the Rockefeller Center, and Von Nessen. Von Nessen was extremely successful in the early 1930s when most businesses were struggling through the Great Depression. His lamps were a novelty and bright and stylish. Ideal for lighting up the gloom of those years!
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This art movement was eclectic and blended many styles such as cubism, modernism, futurism as well as art nouveau. You can see this rich mix of styles in fittings such as the Raindrop 3 Arm Ceiling Light.
In its early years Art Deco design was only for the wealthy but at its peak in the 1930’s, thanks to mass production techniques, it became available to the public at large.