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5 Art Deco furniture designers you need to know about
Art Deco emerged as one of the most glamorous and elegant styles of the 1920s and 30s. Sandwiched by two World Wars, Art Deco has come to epitomise the elegance and sophistication of a generation which was recovering from the strife of the First World War. The Art Deco movement also stands at the forefront of technology, with the widespread adoption of motorcars and the invention of television happening during this period. As a result, many early petrol stations and TV sets were influenced heavily by this evocative movement.
Art Deco was also embraced by many traditional industries, from architecture to jewellery designers, but it is furniture design where Art Deco can be most appreciated. Art Deco furniture design throws off the shackles of early eighteenth and nineteenth-century furniture design, which was seen as rather austere for these new enlightened times. Today we shall look at five of the most influential Art Deco furniture designers from the 20s and 30s - each of these designers has their own distinct style which continues to influence furniture design today.
Epstein Brothers (Harry & Lou)
This art deco walnut sideboard, which we recently sold, is typical of an Epstein piece of the early 1930s. The strong architectural design is offset by fluted cupboards on either side to give a harmonious geometric look, while the unusual blonde burr walnut veneer provides an exquisite and exotic finish that gives the piece a subtle elegance that will complement any modernist interior.
Hille is perhaps best known for its polypropylene chair designed by Robin Day in 1972, but the firm first established its reputation during the early twentieth century as a provider of quality handmade furniture. Salomon Hille arrived in London in 1906 from his native Russia and started making reproduction 18th century furniture. By the early 1930s, Hille began experimenting in art deco pieces, with his style influenced by traditional Art Deco designs of the period. Simple in style and without too much detail, the focus is on handcrafted quality materials rather than general mass production.
This Hille teak dining table is typical of the style created by Hille. Minimalist in style, elegantly tapered legs which are finished in a contrasting piano black offset the natural teak table top which is finished in teak veneer to provide a classic retro look for your dining room or kitchen.
This beautiful 1920s art deco sideboard is typical of the work created by Jules Leleu. With its impressive architectural lines and intricate brass detailing, this piano black finished work of art exudes the elegance and luxury of the 1920s. This type of furniture is equally at home as the centrepiece in a modern minimalist interior or as an accessory to a luxury opulent home.
At The Furniture Rooms, we always have a range of beautifully restored Art Deco pieces in stock for buyers to view at our store in London or via our website. We only select the best pieces from the most celebrated designers of Art Deco furniture, with all pieces fully inspected and restored by our own craftsmen. We provide FREE shipping on all UK mainland orders with worldwide shipping also available for our overseas patrons. Please contact us for more details - we are always happy to help.
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