ART/Design – Applauding Art Deco Style

Ultimately it’s the image of decadence that appeals to me.

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Timing is funny. If not for the simple fact that I would no longer be alive, I think living in the 20-30’s might have been a perfect time for me.  I’ve been meaning to do a post on art deco style for months now.   I’ve kept these photos on file for when the timing struck me right to do something on it.  I find the era and the architecture very significant.

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

After all, the roaring twenties conjures up images of glamour, vast ocean liners and prohibition-era hedonism.  That period in time is specifically what attracted me to hanging around South Beach, that they’ve managed to keep the flavour alive through design and the remodelling of buildings and the ambiance in general.artdeco2

When I lived in Montreal I was part of a dance scene in a made for TV movie (written by Mordecai Richler and directed by Claude Jutra) which involved hiring a dance instructor to teach us the Jitterbug and Charleston while dressed up in full costume – it was a blast.  That was my first experience going back in time.

Dapper Men

Dapper Men

Fast forward to today. I’m part of a committee which puts on a big fundraiser once a year with a theme.  As it so happens the theme everyone decided on for this year’s gala is Art Deco.  So I can’t wait to get dressed up in some kind of attire that will invoke a refined elegance.  Should be lots of fun with some research involved.

Rockefeller Center, including its centerpiece tower (seen here shortly before its 1933 opening and now familiarly known as 30 Rock) was primarily designed by architect Raymond Hood

Rockefeller Center, including its centerpiece tower (opened in 1933 & now familiarly known as 30 Rock) was primarily designed by architect Raymond Hood

Until then I will share some images of things I find interesting from that time period.

I have a bathtub just like this. I always wanted an old fashioned tub.

I have a bathtub just like this. I always wanted an old fashioned tub.

One of my other expressions of Art Deco are these statues on a Juliet balcony.

One of my other expressions of Art Deco fascination are these statues on Juliet balcony overlooking living area.

Georges Fouquet’s 1923 jade, onyx and diamond dress ornament is in the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Georges Fouquet’s 1923 jade, onyx and diamond dress ornament is in the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Funny; polka dots never go out of style.  Maybe my next dog will be a Dalmation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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