Art Deco

The Art Deco style took its name from the first major international decorative art exhibition after the First World War. This was the L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. The style flourished between 1920 and 1940. Designers took their cue from Cubist painting and produced geometrical shapes with steps and zigzags. They were also inspired by the functional streamlining of aeroplanes, locomotives and ocean liners.