From angular zigzags to sweeping curves, the defining motifs of Art Deco are immortalised in the architecture of the era. We look at six that remain in vogue.
The quintessential Art Deco motif manifests as the age-old chevron or as layered pyramids, lending a timeless elegance to façades and interiors.
Lot 84, Art Deco Wall Scones
2. Angular Patterning
Sharp angles and stepped slopes transform the ordinary into the glamorous.
Lot 2, Art Deco Floor Lamp Stand
3. Streamlined Designs
Curved contours, elongated forms and sleek surfaces turn the science of aerodynamics into works of art.
Lot 10, Art Deco Curved Coffee Table
Lot 45, Art Deco Fan-Shaped Writing Table
4. Portholes and Ocean Waves
Seeking inspiration from uncharted waters, simplified nautical forms are brought to the forefront of design.
5. Frozen Fountain
Popularised by René Lalique, the historical symbol of eternal life is represented through a highly stylised motif.
Lot 75, Art Deco Bookcase
6. Sweeping Curves
The fluid aesthetic of curved surfaces seen in staircase railings and interiors revolutionised modern design, and continue to influence design.
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