The Art Deco period was a thoroughly glamorous style epitomising the
opulence of the inter war period. Known as the ‘Jazz Age’ or the ‘Cocktail Age’
it was renowned for its modern, sleek looks and luxurious use of materials. New
York’s Chrylser Building, The Savoy, Sybil Colefax and Rene Lalique are icons
of this era and are all still admired and much emulated today.
Art Deco was a noticeable reaction to the austerity of the First World
War. Luxury and decadence are clearly evident in the use of rare and exotic
woods and materials such as ivory, shagreen (imitation sharkskin) or mother of
pearl. Excessive use of mirror, satins and pale leathers also made the look
highly impractical and therefore only affordable to the elite who had staff to
take care of such things. Hollywood adored the style as it worked perfectly for
the black and white scene sets of the time and as a result elevated the look to
one for the A-listers of the day (Marlene Dietrich for example.)
Global influences were also notable. The Art Deco use of lacquer as a
finish on furniture came from China, the colours of the period were clearly
those of the Russian Ballet, the stepped shapes of the pyramids of the Aztec
can be seen in cocktail cabinets and clocks and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s
burial site in 1922 brought about a Neo-Egyptian vogue that was translated
through the use of sun bursts and columns.
Advancement in technology was also a key influence that presented itself
in a ‘streamlined’ look. Aerodynamic shapes taken from ocean liners and
Zeppelins can be seen in everyday objects of the period – from cigarette
lighters and radios to cocktail cabinets.
Technology brought about new materials fashioned into original and
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When it comes to privacy the one thing that clicks in mind is the
installation of shutters or blinds in your home. Window shutters are stable
window coverings with vertical or horizontal rails. You can install shutters
for variety of reasons such as to create privacy, to enhance your room’s
elegance or even to prevent sunlight from entering your room.
Shutters come in variety of sizes, colors and designs. You should look
for the style and color that fits best to the rest of your home d?cor. Some
window shutters are made of wood, faux or other materials. You can install the
shutters in different ways, such as you can install it within the opening or
overlapping the opening.
When installing shutters, the first step is to measure the window
opening. Next you need to determine the depth of your window. The manufacturer
you choose to buy shutters can also help you in this regard.
Interiors shutters Interior window shutters are also called
“plantation shutters” and are available in different styles and
colors. Today you can easily buy plantation shutters without drilling a hole in
your wall. These shutters not only serve other window treatments, but also add
style and grace to the interior of your home.
These shutters will help to keep your home warmer in winters and cooler
in summers. The installation of interior shutters has become a fashion
nowadays. You can order these via online shutter stores at the comfort of your
home and the delivery will be made in no time. To choose the right window
shutters you can also visit a window treatment specialist. Interior shutters
are considered as a simple and inexpensive window treatment solution.
Exterior shutters Exterior window shutters are made of different
materials like aluminum, fiber glass and wood. These shutters not … Read more