Enamored with Art Deco – Part III


Third part of the Art Deco furniture modeling series.

French U-Shaped Table

“This graceful French side table has a rectangular top with a stepped edge. It is supported by a tulip-shaped structure, rather than conventional legs, with decorative chrome detailing at the base. The table has been restored and piano varnished, hence its glossy black appearance. c. 1930.” (Excerpt from p. 413 of Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller.)

French U-Shaped Table

French U-Shaped Table

I lengthened the top a bit with this one, and gave it a “cracked black lacquer” appearance instead of glossy black.

French U-Shaped Table Wireframe Model

French U-Shaped Table Wireframe Model

Eight-Lamp Art Deco Chandelier

This 8-lamp chandelier has milky white tubular lamp fixtures with black metal holders. The lower part of this lighting fixture is based on a bedroom photo I saw in the August 2010 issue of Architectural Digest. The top wasn’t shown so I gave it a round canopy and a body dish with inverted Hershey’s Kisses-like bolts. The metal plating is brushed copper.

Eight-Lamp Art Deco Chandelier

Eight-Lamp Art Deco Chandelier

What I find so captivating about Art Deco is that you get the best of both worlds: the sumptuous, graceful Neoclassical and Art Nouveau-inspired “high style” with its use of luxurious, exotic materials, and the streamlined, industrial age and Bauhaus-inspired “Art Moderne” which combined traditional materials with the new. Looking back at history in the 1920s and 30s where WWI and the Great Depression happened along with huge technological and industrial progress, one can see why this form of glamor flourished. I’ve seen photos of old 1930s Hollywood movies with backdrops of luxury hotels, clubs and ocean liners all done in the Art Deco style. A public struggling post-war and hoping for a brighter tomorrow would have found escapist pleasure in such movies. Who can resist Art Deco’s subtle, elegant blending of luxury with simplicity, beauty with comfort? It’s like giving a nod to the past while embracing the future. In that way, it was also about living fully in the present.

I Would Love to Hear from You!

So, what do you think of these models? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the Comments section below.

Related Links

Enamored with Art Deco Part I – First part of this series, featuring a chair and table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
Enamored with Art Deco Part II – Features a gorgeous Italian buffet.
Enamored with Art Deco Part IV – Final installment features a sculptural uplighter by Eugene Printz.

Recommended Sourcebook


Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) – a real treasure trove of furniture, encylopedic in scope, with excellent photographs. Written with knowledge, understanding, and a great deal of passion. My absolute favorite book in the Furniture category.



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3 Responses to “Enamored with Art Deco – Part III”

  1. krissw says:

    nice! when am i gonna see all these luxe furniture in one room? ;)

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