Art-Deco Style Hardware
Many have heard the term deco, but are unfamiliar about what distinguishes this style from others. Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that blossomed in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. The term “art deco” first saw wide use in 1966, after an exhibition in Paris, ‘Les Années 25′ sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was the culmination of high-end style moderne in Paris. At its zenith, Deco embodied elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.
The movement here in the United States incorporated many different movements and styles from the early 20th century, making it a very eclectic, yet modern-looking design. What’s interesting about this style is that it impacted not only architectural and industrial design, but also areas like fashion, painting, and film. It also was unique in that it didn’t necessarily arise out of a political movement, but rather served a purely decorative function.
So what distinguishes an Art Deco style piece? It usually incorporates geometric shapes and vivid color (more so in paintings and exterior designs). It emphasizes bold, elegant lines and protruding shapes that often seem to be there for decoration, rather than function. Deco designs, for instance, may feature stylized flowers or foliage. This style is often defined as being about “geometry and simplicity”. Vibrant colors, that often contrast, and simple shapes, are indicative of the rise of commerce and technological innovation.
In this particular door plate, you can tell it’s an art deco style from the stylized lines that decorate either side. This otherwise simple, modern back plate is given a touch of elegance and design. That is one of the great things about this style; it can be simple, yet elegant. Modern, yet progressive. That is why there was a growing resurgence of art deco style in the late 1980′s and why it continues to be seen around the world today.
A great thing about art deco hardware is its ability to combine well with different accessories. For instance, this door plate can be paired with a multitude of different doorknobs. Featured on this particular passage set is a Vassar style, round crystal knob. Crystal knobs really stand out on these brass plates, and the art deco style adds a further touch of sophistication. That is why you can also choose to put on a fluted or octagonal shaped knob for this style of back plate.
Lookintheattic.com has a standout selection of art deco hardware, from doorknob sets to bathroom and cabinet hardware. Deco is a wonderful architectural style to choose because it accents a home beautifully and provides a simple, sophisticated look to any household.