Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925.
Combining modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, but its dominance ended with the beginning of World War II and the rise of the strictly functional and unadorned styles of modern architecture and the International Style of architecture that followed.
Take a look at these 17 fascinating and stunning vintage art deco posters:
|Rajah by Henri Meunier, 1898|
|Waschanstalt Zürich by Robert Hardmeyer, 1905|
|Salamander Shoes by Ernst Deutsch-Dryden, 1912|
|Grieder, a shop in Zurich, by Charles Loupot, 1919|