ART DECO DELIGHT

If you are a lover of all things design and home, its ok to admit you may watch shows like "The Block" and the "Home Lifestyle" channel. I must say, if there ever was a series of "The Block" I would have liked to be on, it would have been this current one. What a fantastic building to be working with, full of rich detail and history. An architect and designers dream project, I really want the contestants to get their heads around my favourite period of design, Art Deco. Their challenge is to bring this old Art Deco heritage building back to its former glory integrating a modern twist for the buyers. What a buzz. There are so many ways to translate this superb movement. It was one of the most exciting decorative styles of the century, and is still referenced through contemporary geometric designs.

Art Deco was a movement recognised by its rich bold colours and simple geometric designs. Shortly after the end of WWI, the French art movement inspired optimism, and brought forth a new energy. I want to showcase some of the stunning design features from this time in history before I delve into the modern fusion with this style.

The geometic floor pattern in this first image is sublime. Such craftsmanship and strong statement. This would be a starting point for my mood board to creating a modern deco space.

The geometic floor pattern in this first image is sublime. Such craftsmanship and strong statement. This would be a starting point for my mood board to creating a modern deco space.

I have come across a few images of spaces where they have cleverly incorporated facets of the Art Deco style in an eclectic way. Many people these days tend to have an eclectic style because we have so many wonderful periods that have past before us which we can draw from. The next 3 images are quite different in approach, they show a good starting point for integrating a past style in a modern way. This is a great example of how you can translate the Art Deco style in so many ways to suit your taste.

In a current world where homewares are on everyones wish list with a plethora of black, white & gold at your finger tips, it is a great time to be referencing the Art Deco period and introduce some of this bold and confident design detail in your homes. It doesn't mean you have to make everything in a room from that period. It could mean choosing a rug with a deco style print, a lamp, a painting or even an architrave. Have some fun with it, dont be so literal. I have put together 2 small story boards that inspired me when I was looking into the modern Art Deco approach. One is a darker take on the period and one is a bit more glam. I love black, so I'm sure you know which one I love. Whichever you prefer, the options are there. Hope you enjoy them and get inspired.

I adore that black & metallic print. That was relevant then and is definitely en vogue now.

I adore that black & metallic print. That was relevant then and is definitely en vogue now.

Art Deco style made gold adornment the pinnacle of luxury. It was so divine, rich and timeless. Using gold as highlights against the boldness of black is the perfect marriage. All those elements are easily translated to a modern day home.

Art Deco style made gold adornment the pinnacle of luxury. It was so divine, rich and timeless. Using gold as highlights against the boldness of black is the perfect marriage. All those elements are easily translated to a modern day home.