“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
If you’re familiar with the story The Great Gatsby, images of glamorous and lavish parties within grand estates will immediately come to mind. The new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel set in the roaring 20s has sparked a renewed interest in Art Deco furnishings and decor, resulting in a surge of inspiration for nostalgic designers.
The Art Deco design movement stemmed from 1920s France, and caught on internationally during the 30s and 40s. Exquisite geometric patterns, bold, rich colors, sultry curves, and lush ornamentation distinguish the Art Deco design style, and these movie sets from The Great Gatsby have brought back to life the allure of this glamorous period.
This enchanting set design for Daisy Buchanan’s sitting room presents a romantic Art Deco style, with softer colors and bright accents. Note the geometric patterns on the luxury sofa and accent chairs as well as on the wonderful wooden credenza, which are characteristic of the Art Deco movement.
Elegant swirls on the walls contrasted with shimmering gold curtains create a stunning ambiance in this Art Deco bedroom designed by Baker Furniture. From the sophisticated quilted headboard and bench, to the light wooden paneled wall, this sultry room would even sweep Jay Gatsby off his feet.
Golden marble floors and shiny gold walls contrasted with sleek black accessories create a stunning backdrop to these lavish interiors. The graceful staircase and handsome grand piano are focal points that add a classic aesthetic.
Perhaps redesigning your whole home in Art Deco furnishings may prove a bit too dramatic a change for your present home interior. However, collecting individual Art Deco pieces can add a bit of that luxurious glamor to your home, without spending a fortune:
Sophisticated and understated, this Art Deco inspired Wellesley Sofa brings to mind a quiet elegance. Between the intricate diamond pattern nail-head accents along the trim, and its refined scalloped-shaped back, you’ll find it irresistible to turn away.
Art Deco does not always mean geometric design, however. This vintage Maitland-Smith Art Deco coffee table immediately caught our eye with its unique form, oval glass inlaid top, and an unforgettable carved bow base.
The Art Deco period has often reminded us that the beauty of innovative, imaginative design can continue to endlessly inspire, influence and serve us, even after decades have passed. And that, to us, is ultimately invaluable.