Art Deco was named after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes made in Paris in 1925 that will influence arts all over the world.
About Art Decò
The Art Deco style was born in Paris in the 1920s and evolved into a major style in Europe and in the United States during the 1930s. It is featured with sleek geometries or stylized forms and by the important employement of man-made materials. This style is in contrast to the avant-garde art of the period. Art Deco design tells about how modernism turned into fashion with forms such as florals, animals, and sunrays. The intention was to create a distinctive kind of anti-traditional elegance that stood for wealth and sophistication.
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This style attempted to create functional objects with an artistic touch. The art object was meant to have also a practical purpose. Art Deco’s search for beauty in all aspects of life was a reflection of the relative innovation in the employement of machine-age technology rather than traditional crafting methods to finish many objects.
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The Art Deco aims to create aesthetically interesting, machine-made goods that were available to everyone. Streamline Moderne is the American way of naming Art Deco style, in a version that was a stripped-down and sleeker than the more elaborate European Art Deco style. The American style was developed to have a much bigger use in the U.S. than in Europe.
The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is an important example of Art Decò architecture. It is built upon a steel frame in-filled with masonry, with spaces of decorative metal cladding. The 31st-floor displays gargoyles and replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator cups. Steel played a key role in Van Alen’s design. In 1929, the American Society for Testing Materials put together an inspection committee to study performances of the materials used in this construction, the panels were minimally deteriorated in 30 years.