The United States and Europe had a tough time during the 1920s and the 1930s. Europe was faced with the mammoth rebuilding task, both physical and emotionally, after the First World War and the U.S. had to totally rebuild its economy after the 1929 Great Depression.
However, contrary to the seeming gloom portrayed in the history books, the 1920s and 1930s did have a lot to offer, and shaped the way we now live our lives.
In Paris at the turn of the century a movement was taking place which changed the way art and design was viewed by the wider world. In Paris ‘La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs’ was being formed. It wasn’t until the 1920s and the 1930s that the movement came to light however, as it did in all its splendour at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art in the French capital in 1925.
It wasn’t long until the ‘Decorative Arts Society’ movement gathered steam and its famous curvilinear designs started cropping up in places such as the Paris Metro and the famous Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall in the U.S. The Art Deco name didn’t really become popular until the late 1960s, when the phrase was coined by Bevis Hillier in his popular “Art Deco of the 20’s and 30’s publication”.
The Art Deco style has gathered somewhat a revival in recent years, which can be seen in some of the amazing Art Deco mirror designs currently available.