A Design Cocktail.

Art Deco, mixed with jazz and Egyptian style, in a remake of The Great Gatsby.


The entertainment world is flush with fever for the new Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Great Gatsby.” Design blogs have been talking about the fashion, decor and the music since the beginning of a new year. On our January shopping trip, we were even on the lookout for the Art Deco items.

Chrome Tray and Retro Art Deco Vases from England.

Chrome Tray and Retro Art Deco Vases from England.

Art Deco was born in France after the turn of the century and flourished between the 1920s and 1940s. The design style followed the Art Nouveau period, which had featured flowing, natural curves and stylized nature. The roaring twenties ushered in glamour and the new industrial age. From Art Deco crafts to product design, artists were using the newest materials and symmetry, geometric and linear designs. It helped that the machine production of affordable materials such as chrome, stainless steel and Bakelite, was introduced. Lighting was essential; mirrors and polished reflective surfaces were used to elevate the monochromatic color schemes, drawing attention to this design style.

Old Hollywood films furthered the Art Deco interior design style. We’ll see if Leonardo’s latest movie will boost vintage glamour.

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