Miami Beach boasts a very special type of architectural design that’s hard to miss. With over hundreds of buildings designed in Art Deco style, The Historic Art Deco Historic District has the nation’s largest concentration of Art Deco buildings. But what makes Art Deco so unique? And how can interior design honor such a style in a way that combines artistic craftmanship with a balance between contemporary counterparts and the past? International Designers have established a respected presence in the field of Miami interior design and, as a result, have designed with some of the finest aspects of Art Deco in mind.
To better understand Art Deco, a visit to the past is in order. Art Deco began around the 1920s in France and its influence began to take hold around the world shortly after. Art Deco encompassed many creative outlets and expressions—architecture, fashion, textile and furniture design, visual arts, interior design, filmography, and product design. While the seeds of Art Deco were planted in the past, it is a unique style that was born out of paying tribute to the future and all the possibilities found in modern progress. Art Deco reemerged on the scene in the sixties and while it may not be the prominent style of current times, many people have a strong appreciation for designs that shine with the charm of the old glory days when the golden ages were synonymous with happiness and prosperity.
Art Deco designs can be identified by characteristics of having bright colors, geometric features, mixtures of materials like glass, chrome, and fountains and statues incorporated into the architecture. Similar to the architectural design, Art Deco interior design intends to make a big statement through glamorous details, streamlined shapes, and sleek materials.
International Designers, led by the interior design genius of Rita Chraibi, know exactly how to design a space with the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s in a 21st century manner. In fact, Art Deco can be adapted to fit any style building or home with profoundly bold statements or understated elements. There is much freedom of choice with Art Deco interior design!
One of the most noticeable characteristics of Art Deco is the use of geometric shapes with sharp angles. Vertical lines, zigzag patterns, and angular details may find their way into this opulent interior design style. A statement mirror may have smooth lines meeting in points and angles. Chevron patterns may complement pieces of oversized furniture, and sunburst motifs may be ways to incorporate the glamour of Art Deco into modern spaces. Zig zag patterns might be used on carpets and even as decorative pieces on stairs and railings to add a bit of drama and theatre to a space. Spheres at the top of a bedpost or on columns on the entryway can give a regal feeling and make one feel like royalty inside a space. Geometric trim might flow continuously around a coffee table, pillows, or cushions and trapezoids can be found on side tables. An artistic Art Deco display might even involve a tasteful display of geometric shapes and forms to be admired on the ceiling of a room, just as one might gaze upon the stars in the night sky.
Art Deco inspired spaces will also be home to many different types of materials. Because the style came about as a result of advances in technology, it’s no surprise that steel and chrome are often seen in Art Deco interior designs. In addition, luxurious materials like marble and quality words can transform a space with breathtaking results.