How to Add Art Deco Style to Any Room
Exotic woods, geometric motifs, and high-gloss finishes distinguish these first-rate furnishings and decorative accents
Posted February 28, 2017
Art Deco style, short for Arts Décoratifs, is characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, the signature aesthetic still evokes glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes. Here, we round up homes from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that feature Art Deco furniture, wall coverings, and fixtures in all their glory. Whether you incorporate Art Deco from floor to ceiling as Barbra Streisand did in her Malibu guesthouse or just add a chair or side table into the mix, the style is sure to elevate your space.
The living room of a New York City apartment, which was decorated by Penny Drue Baird of Dessins, serves as a gallery for works by, from left, Damien Hirst, William Klein, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. The angular armchairs are 1930s French, the barrel-back bergères are from Lee Calicchio, and the cowhide rug is by Stark Carpet.
At the Rio de Janeiro home of late designer Alberto Pinto, a Marcel Coard table hosts an ivory turtle, an Art Deco vase, and sculptural coco de mer seeds in the living room (which overlooks Brazil's Cagarras archipelago).
In a Manhattan apartment revamped by Robert Couturier, the vestibule's French Art Deco console from Bernd Goeckler Antiques is grouped with a FontanaArte mirror from Galerie Van den Akker and a Cindy Sherman photograph.
In this Los Angeles home, the kitchen's dining area is outfitted with an Art Deco chandelier and a vintage table and chairs.
A Donald Moffett painting overlooks chairs by Cappellini and a Hungarian Art Deco games table from Szalon in the living room of a London home by Rafael de Cárdenas; the vintage floor lamp is from Todd Merrill Antiques.
An Art Deco–style rock-crystal chandelier by Alexandre Vossion crowns the smoking room of a Manhattan townhouse by William T. Georgis, where walls painted in a high-gloss Benjamin Moore black are the backdrop for a Marilyn Minter photograph and a neon work by Tracey Emin; the curtains are of a Larsen fabric, and the Carlo Mollino stools, covered in a J. Robert Scott faux suede, are from Salon 94.
In the main bedroom suite of a Wisconsin home by Michael S. Smith, an Art Deco–style mirror from Gerald Bland is mounted above a vintage desk by Melchiorre Bega; the circa-1930 Maurice Jallot chair is from Gallery BAC.
Paneled in Art Deco mirror, the master bath of designer Linda Pinto's Paris home features a midcentury chauffeuse and an antique Japanese lacquer side table.
In the same home, an Art Deco–style armchair, custom made by Atelier Seigneur, sits in the master bedroom, which is sheathed in a marquetry wall covering by Maya Romanoff.
A Pratt & Lambert blue coats the walls of the once green dining room in a New York home decorated by Victoria Hagan Interiors; an expanse of mirror reflects the Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann table, French Art Deco chairs, and De Coene Frères buffet, which is from Karl Kemp Antiques.
At the Plaza Hotel, an artwork by Mark Grotjahn brightens the living room in a Manhattan pied-à-terre decorated by Susanna Maggard Interiors. The curtains are of a Lee Jofa silk, and the Art Deco pieces-a 1930s Dominique armchair (clad in a Sahco fabric) and a '20s bench-are from Karl Kemp Antiques. The faux-pony-hair rug is by Stark.
In the same home, as part of a gut renovation, VLArchitects principal Louis Lisboa created a large space to contain the living and dining areas, the latter of which features 1940s Baguès pendant lights, a French Art Deco wall plaque, and a '40s-style Venetian mirror, all from Newel. Ralph Lauren Home candelabra top the circa-1800 French table from Bernd Goeckler Antiques; the chairs, custom made in the manner of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, are upholstered in a Lee Jofa mohair, and the midcentury Italian cabinet is faced with Murano glass.
In the family room of a Houston residence by Miles Redd, a Louis XV–style sofa is upholstered in a Larsen linen, and an Art Deco club chair acquired at Doyle New York is cushioned with the same Turkish velvet used for the throw pillows; the walls are dressed in a Holland & Sherry wool felt, and the sisal is by Patterson Flynn Martin.