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Enduring Glamour: Art Deco Interior Design

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Replete with geometric patterns, luxurious fabrics, and flecks of gleaming gold, design's Art Deco trend shows no sign of losing its luster.

Gold-Accented Lounge Chairs

Modern design is having an undeniable Art Deco moment, the era’s distinctive geometry, dense patterning, and love affair with gleaming gold reprised in art deco interior design schemes, modern furniture, fabrics and contemporary wallpaper motifs. Case in point are accent chairs, like the GUBI Velvet Lounge Chair, which showcases Art Deco's more subtle influences, a beautifully proportioned form made decadent by sumptuous velvet upholstery and slender gold-finished legs. And the Knoll Platner Gold Arm Chair may be a Mid Century classic, but its 18 carat gold-finished metalwork rewinds the clock to Art Deco's unabashed opulence.


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Ornamental Mirrors  

Even those skittish about effusive Art Deco ornamentation will be wowed by embellished contemporary mirrors from the likes of Arteriors, Varaluz Casa and Matter Made. Try not to be transfixed by the Arteriors Prescott Oval Mirror—a sunburst of slender iron elements in antiqued gold leaf finish—or the Varaluz Casa Sunburst Beveled Mirror, an earthy, reclaimed wood iteration of a central Art Deco motif, at home in the modern world. Matter Made shows that restraint can be no less dazzling, combining elemental geometric forms, painted metal segments and mirrored glass in the elegant Abal Round Mirror, above.  


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Sparkling Wall Lights

Injecting a subtle Art Deco touch into a contemporary interior scheme is made easy by glamorous modern wall lights, skillfully rendered in sparkling glass and glistening metals. The Terzani Atlantis Sconce, above, and the Varaluz Harlowe Wall Light project unabashed movie star glamour with compositions of sinewy metal chains and icy cut glass. The Jiten Sconce from Arteriors, a sunburst of brass, could have been lifted directly from the Art Deco era, while the Origami Wall Light from Troy Lighting, which features a repeat pattern of asymmetric metal ribbons, is a portrait of pared down elegance, with a nod to the past.


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Gleaming Home Accents

Jazzy brass and sumptuous curves define Tom Dixon's Form collection—tea pot, sugar bowl, creamer, and tray—a luxurious suite of Art Deco-influenced vessels that elevate teatime rituals to indulgent new heights. The Kartell Shanghai Vase, a shining new twist on plastic, has the faceted form that carries with it a potent Art Deco interior design flair, and the Arteriors Jake Vase, an angular crystal composition, echoes the polished architectural wonders of the 1930s. Even the usually understated Chilewich range ventures into more glamorous territory with intricately perforated place mats in metallic finishes.


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Metallic Wallpapers

Some of today's most striking luxury wallpaper designs feature reprisals of signature Art Deco motifs— fans, sunbursts, scallops—and sophisticated geometric repeat patterns, each realized in lustrous metallic colorways. Graham & Brown's highly decorative Art Deco wallpaper, above, features a delicate, intricately stylized floral pattern, available in gentle metallic monochromes, and the brand's Fan wallpaper invokes a 1920s architectural motif, resplendent in lustrous gold or silver. Tempaper's monochromatic, but no less opulent Brass Belly wallpaper, showcases a tactile scalloped pattern in a choice of shimmering gold, silver and iridescent pearl.


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