In response to the organicism of the previous style, the motifs of Art Deco originated in a cubism-inspired geometry where orthogonal broken lines alternated with curvilinear sections. The key features included symmetrical order, interlocking and shifted concentric circles, rhomboids and zigzag patterns.
UPPER MOTIF ON THE FOUNTAIN AND THE SLANTING ELEMENT WITH SPHERICAL ENDS, SUCH AS EMBEDDED GEMSTONES.
GEOMETRICAL FORMS WITH BEVELLED EDGES AND GROOVES BRING TO MIND THE ARCHITECTURE OF A SKYSCRAPER.
THE SHAPE OF THE HANDGRIP MIRRORS ITS FUNCTIONAL USE. THE SINUSOIDAL HELIX IS HIGHLY TYPICAL.
Derived by shortening the name of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. The movement was already active by the end of the First World War.
Chrysler Building, New York
by William Van Alen
Portrait of the Duchess
of la Salle
by Tamara de Lempicka
Stoclet Palace, Bruxelles
by Joseph Hoffmann
The detailsDecorative motifs