The Art Deco style, short terminology for Art Decoratifs, was popularised during the 1920s to 1930s due to the former century's international decorative art and architecture movements. It is characterised by rich colours, profligate details, and bold geometrical ideas. As the representative of luxury and organisation, the Art Deco style is famed for its symmetrical yet glamorous designs.
Art Deco table lamps continually bring in the sophisticated appeal to homes and commercial spaces alike up to this day. With an emphasis on the expression of details and the beauty of design, Art Deco table lamps are famous commodities bought by the rich and elite. Add it as a functional and decorative portable lighting that greets your guests in your living area or as an accent lamp near your painting and wall decors on your hallways or fireplace.
No matter where you place your Art Deco table lamp, it will be the masterpiece that will captivate the eyes of its onlookers.
The Art Deco style emerged as the predominant design for decorative arts and architecture during the calm years between the first and second world wars. Its name was acquired from Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exhibition held in 1925 that housed the defining works of the Art Deco Movement.
It was a style that combatted the then-famed ornate Art Noveau designs, a play to showcase the French supremacy in the art and architecture industries. Initially, its introduction to the public was supposed to be in the early 1900s. However, it got delayed until 1925 due to the outbreak of the first world war.
Ornate but not elaborate, the Art Deco style was celebrated by all, local and international, for more than five years. It only became irrelevant and distasteful to consumers and designers alike when the world succumbed to the Great Depression. The adored fancy-schmancy was replaced by much-demanded resilience and humbleness.
From the highly decorated version of European Art Deco, the American Art Deco of the early 1930s focused on pragmatism and sturdiness. Streamlined designs were encouraged to eliminate excess usage. Exotic and decorative materials became the least priority when raw materials became scarce. No one wanted to focus on decorations when simply living is hard. Slowly, with the emergence of Mid Century Modern style that coped with the current demands of the world, the Art Deco Movement, and by extension, the Art DecoStyle, faded in the market.
Distinguishing Art Deco Table Lamps and Other Styles
Streamlined ornamentation is the key characteristic of the Art Deco style. Refined details without much elaboration are found in its most recognised works. Therefore, Art Deco table lamps always have some decorative elements.
Like Tiffany table lamps, Art Deco table lamps also showcase natural elements like plants and animals and linear or geometric shapes as design patterns. However, Art Deco patterns are often stripped bare and simplified to only include the overall form and aesthetic of the object. Moreover, Art Deco lamps are not limited to using glass; many designs use ceramics, marble, and brass to implement ornate prevalent drawings. Hence, some ceramic table lamps, marble table lamps, and brass table lamps in our collection are also categorised as Art Deco table lamps.
Art Deco table lamps are also similar to Industrial table lamps in some cases. The US version of the Art Deco style promoted machine-made designs for increasing efficiency, resilience, and practicality, which are a few of the primary values of the industrial style. Moreover, many industrial table lamps have angular or geometric structures and ornamentations, similar to the Art Deco style's support on geometry and symmetry. However, note that the Industrial style keeps strict adherence to utilitarianism and often disregards the appearance of its designs. In contrast, the Art Deco style, whether it's the earlier or later version, emphasises form and decor over purpose.
The Art Deco Resurgence in the Current Time
Consumers nowadays are slowly integrating the Art Deco style in their own homes and offices. Either intentionally or unintentionally designed, the revival of the Art Deco style in public eyes is unstoppable, with various furniture, fittings, and table lamps out for grabs in the local and online marketplaces.
But why has the Art Deco style reemerged in today’s time? Designers speculate many ideas, and here are a few of them that will also give you the right reasons why choose Art Deco:
Art Deco evokes simplicity and cleanliness. Its streamlined forms captivate those who are withdrawn with the dramatic aesthetics like Fauvism, Victorian, and Expressionism.
Art Deco is the classic and nostalgic representation of the old styles. Due to the advancements of technology, with all kinds of smart devices around us, many find solace in returning to the old. The quiet dignity expressed by the Art Deco style gives comfort to the fast-paced promotion of times.
Art Deco is an indication of wealth and magnificence. The economy when the Art Deco Movement prospered is on the boom, and many elites and rich personalities supported the design style in its prime. Therefore, even after many decades, the Art Deco style is still one of the critical styles representing opulence and prosperity.
Art Deco is similar to the Modern style, with some interesting twists that intrigue the minds. Both techniques use clean, free lines in their primary themes. But, the Art Deco style adds bold colours to its designs, unlike the modern style that has fewer colours and focuses on materials and texture. Hence, many use Art Deco aesthetics as an alternative to the Modern style.
Art Deco Table Lamps in Our Collection
The earlier version of the Art Deco style is similar yet distinct to the Art Noveau style. Both aesthetics hail ornamentation as the supreme element of art, yet the ornaments found in the Art Deco defining work are more subdued compared to the superfluous Art Noveau. For example, the Art Noveau version of the Art Deco table lamp Kneeling Fairy Art Deco Table Lamp would most likely include the veins on the lady’s wings or a considerable extensive backdrop that complements her expression. Similarly, the Catharina Black Art Deco Table Lamp would perhaps have more ornate details on the podium if it was converted as an Art Noveau lamp.
The Moon Arc Black Antique Brass Table Lamp is anelegant designmade of matt black metalware and antique brass. This exquisite style is a masterpiece, it adds both functionality and aesthetic appeal to any room. The Iva Touch Table Lamp in rose gold and chrome, on the other hand, shows the combination of the Art Deco style with the current technology and contemporary style.
Zest Lighting humbly offers our specially curated range of Art Deco table lamps. We are based in Australia and can ship these lamps internationally. Details for international shipping can be found here.
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