The art deco design style was first popularized in France after World War I, and became known internationally in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Its popularity declined during World War II and resurged during the 1960’s. The style combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. Art Deco is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and extravagant decoration.
In Art Deco interior design, furniture and lighting fixtures should work together with the architectural details to create that shiny, sleek look that is associated with Art Deco. Art Deco furnishings and lighting fixtures feature a glossy and luxurious appearance. Furniture pieces used have curved edges, geometric shapes, and clean lines, and use glossy and shiny with inlaid wood and reflective finishes. Woods used include Brazilian rosewood, ebony, birds-eye maple, and light maple veneers. Lighting fixtures often make use of the stacked geometric patterns and are made from polished bronze, chrome, or steel. Most common Art Deco lighting fixtures include ceiling lights, floor lamps, table lamps, and wall sconces as they create the right mood and a flattering, sultry glow.