Art Deco

A style of visual art, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It took its name from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. The distinguishing features of the style are sleek, stylized forms, often with a “streamlined” look.  Major artists and designers associated with the Art Deco style include architect Raymond Hood, sculptor Paul Manship, painter Tamara de Lempicka and furniture designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

William Van Alen.  The steel-clad crown of the Chrysler building, an example of Art Deco architecture. New York. 1930.