If you’ve ever been to the incredible Empire state building in New York City, you’ll notice a particularly unique interior design and art style. This style is called Art Deco, and experts was a direct response both aesthetically and philosophically to the Art Nouveau style and modernist movement in general. Art Nouveau began to phase out during WWI as many designers and experts felt the elaborate detail, delicate designs, and often expensive materials and production methods of the style were not suited to an increasingly more mechanized and automated world.
So what really is Art Deco? Brittanica defines it by “simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look; ornament that is geometric or stylized from representational forms; and unusually varied, often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances”.
The style went out of fashion around WW2 but has been seeing some resurgence as of late. A signature feature of art deco is the use of luxury materials with strong colours and contrast. If that’s what you’re looking to implement in your next design, we’ve got some inspiration for you.
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If geometric lines and contrast are what you’re looking for, then Flap is for you. More than just a sound-absorbing panel, Flap is a design piece with a strong aesthetic impact capable of a wide range of configurations, colors, and patterns, that results in something new. It uses patented technology from Snowsound that is engineered to deliver the most comfortable acoustic experience as well.
You’re probably surprised to find paint on this list. But it’s also likely you’ve not seen a product like IdeaPaint’s Create White before. Ideapaint gives users an option to depart from traditional white walls with its Create White – a finish that’s applied over an existing surface to transform it to a dry-erase writable surface. Additionally, you can add vibrant colours over it to fit the art deco theme.
As Wilsonart says it themselves, the HPL manufacturer wants to make every space unique through their offering of aesthetically pleasing and functionally superior laminate surfaces. Because the designs are curated and created in conjunction with the art community themselves, you’re bound to find an Artdeco themed design.
The striking patterns on Shade are what move it into this list. Shade creates an acoustic barrier wherever you need one. The Freestanding acoustic dividers are ideal for demarking break areas from social spaces and come in a wide array of shapes and colors that will brighten up your office design.
These are carpet tiles you won’t find anywhere else. Thanks to an innovative and exceptionally flat weaving technique, Freestile exhibits an extremely hard surface while maintaining the benefits of carpet flooring in terms of health and walking comfort. In terms of designs, you can achieve some truly incredible designs with what Freestile is capable of.
Kvadrat’s Cloud are what happens when creative ingenuity meets manufacturing excellence. In collaboration with Kvadrat, internationally acclaimed designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created Clouds, this innovative, interlocking fabric tile concept that looks more like art than it does an acoustic element.