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Modern Art Deco – Top Pins of the Week

We have an eclectic mix of pins to share this week, but if I had to put a trend stamp on the week it would say “Nostalgia” and “Jewels.”  And what do those two words conjure for me?  Art Deco, of course!  Art Deco never really goes out of style, you almost always see one piece or another as it continues to influence modern design.  While Art Deco was the term used mostly in France, Streamline and Hollywood Regency were the related styles popular in California during the same time period.


First up we have a pin from this great slideshow gallery in Elle Decor that showed the style popular in the year you were born.  It was a fun look through the good and the bad styles from the past – I recommend you take a look.  Except for the black and white photo, this living space from 1940 would feel just as comfortable in an NYC Penthouse today.


More on the nostalgia tip is this fun photo of the San Francisco Ferry Building from 1915, when it was decorated for the Panama Pacific International Exposition.  If you are interested in architecture, I strongly recommend taking a look at the buildings created for the many expositions that were held throughout the world in the late 1800’s up to World War I.  Paris, London and Chicago all held expositions to show the new developments in design and building and many of these buildings are still around today (though sadly many did not survive past their exposition!).


I love, love, love this side table!  The aqua tones balanced with gold are great.  The shape makes you think of the facets of a jewel.  A perfect modern piece that was certainly inspired by the Hollywood Regency/Art Deco style.


Dark walls, graphic prints, jewel tones, these are all part of the modern Art Deco look.  PPG Paints just chose Black Flame as their color of the year and in their main photo you can see many Classic Art Deco elements such as peacock feathers, graphic painting and the decorative edge of the lamp.

Black walls may not be for everyone but in the right space can add a perfect punch while still acting as a neutral.  This room is a perfect example.  The dark walls paired with contemporary light-hued furnishings and generous window create a warm and cozy living space.


Our last entry for this week is this graphic carpet.  Graphics of all types were important in classic Art Deco and they are key to the modern Art Deco style as well.  And the sapphire blue against the ivory background seals the deal!

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