Art Deco design always enchants

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Even the simplest accessories can nod to the grace and beauty of Art Deco

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A lot happened in the past year, so you can be forgiven if you haven’t noticed that it was more or less the 100th anniversary of Art Deco, the exuberant and modern design style that has emerged in the 1920s. But if you are interested in design, it is always worth dwelling on one of the defining influences of decorative art, architecture and fashion in the last century.

Instantly recognizable by its clean geometry and clean symmetrical lines, the Deco design has also favored bright and warm colors, and often accented with metals. There were some big bold black and white strokes too, especially in the interior design. New materials, including resins and plastics, have not only expanded the options of decorating accessories, but made them more accessible and affordable for ordinary people.

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In an excellent piece of The Washington PostMichelle Brunner notes that decor influences seem to resurface in times of social transition or turmoil, citing the aesthetics of 1950s restaurants, 1960s spatial design and the Memphis movement of the 1980s.

A century later, Art Deco is still celebrated, including in the DXV Belshire Bath Collection, a suite of accessories, fixtures and furnishings that the luxury kitchen and bathroom brand says combines the optimism and elegance of the era with convenience and technology contemporary.

Developed over three years, the line is inspired by the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, as well as the Stella Tower, the iconic structure designed in 1927 by Ralph Walker, a famous Art Deco designer who shaped New York’s skyline. York. during the roaring twenties.

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Jewelry style fittings are customizable, with a choice of lever, cross, or cushion handles on low or high spout faucets, and are available in satin brass, platinum nickel, brushed nickel, or chrome.

The cabinets and consoles are handcrafted in oak, walnut and Carrara marble by Portuguese craftsmen. Wall-hung toilets and freestanding bathtubs anchor the collection, which is available at exhibition halls across Canada.

Another deco design element that we’ll likely see more of is ribbed surfaces, which were a common treatment for Art Deco ceramics. In recent years it has started to reappear in soft furnishings. I recently saw the effect on Elmwood’s new Bregenz 20 cabinets – elegant Shaker style cabinets with ribbed cane-shaped inserts.

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Deco’s penchant for black stone is reflected in the rise of dark palettes in the kitchen and bathroom. One of the sullest comes from the Italian company of Pierre Antolini, in the form of Cosmic Black, a deep space granite shade that can’t help but add drama to a space. Its clusters of white veined quartz and mica stand out against the intense background, giving it depth and personality.

Of Caesarstone new Dark collection, there’s Oxidian, an inky black with a rust effect, and Tempal, a charcoal base with warm white hues.

Another way to get the look is graphic floor and wall tiles. Mass merchants like Home Depot have ceramic tiles with scalloped, herringbone, herringbone and mosaic patterns – common deco patterns – for floor, wall and backsplash. Prices start at an affordable price of $ 7 per square foot.

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Even the simplest accessories can nod to the grace and beauty of Art Deco.

Wild sage – Bed Bath & Beyond’s the line of bedding, bath and home accessories – brings it into the bathroom with beautiful wire accessories with clean lines. Gem three-tiered baskets and tub towers, for example, have the pleasant angularity of the Deco design and are available in chic black, gold and silver. Prices for the line start at $ 7, so refreshing a bathroom won’t blow the budget.

Another smaller scale and affordable option – a jazzy Ponti shower curtain or towel from the Arren Williams line for The Bay. And to tie the subject well, Williams’ motif is inspired by Gio Ponti, the revered Italian architect who participated in the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, from which Art Deco takes its name. , proving once again that all that is old is – possibly – new again.

Vicky Sanderson is editor-in-chief of Around the House, www.aroundthehouse.ca. Check out her on Instagram @ athwithvicky, on TwitterATHwithVicky and on facebook.com/ATHVicky.

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