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It was a new festive modern style that featured a variety of ornamentation and stylish motifs. Art Deco was less austintacious and simpler than Art Nouveau , making it easier for mass production and construction. It was still an elegant design style dominant in decorative art. Where Art Nouveau focused on curves, Art Deco was centered on angles and geometric patterns. It is important to remember that Art Deco is more than an Architectural style. It is also an art style that includes furniture, sculpture, clothing, jewelry and graphic designs.
The Art Deco style came from the 1925 Paris Exposition (Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes), that was held to celebrated modern world living. Even though the style was being defined the actual term "Art Deco" wasn’t coined until the late 1960s by art historian Bevis Hilliard. Before then the style was known as Zig-zag modern, Jazz modern or Art Moderne. By 1940 the style had become unpopular and was being replaced by more progressive designs. Art Deco is a culmination of exotic cultures, geometric shapes and the modern attitudes of a rapidly changing world of the 1930’s and 1940’s that resulted in a timeless style that still influences today's designs.
The Art Deco style lacks a defining doctrine or manifesto, and thus fragmented into several different factions with unique attributes and features. It is an international architecture movement with significant influences from France, Cuba, Russia , Italy and the United States. In this country there were three major styles of Art Deco. The earliest of the three was The Zigzag Styles that is vertically oriented and focused on angles and geometric designs. During the depression and through World War II a shortage of materials and money resulted in the “Depression” or PWA (Publics Works Authority) version of Art Deco. Later the Streamline style became popular that was horizontally oriented and focused more on sleek curved structures.
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