For the Exercise on Finding Affinities I have drawn a floor plan of an Art Deco house of the early 1930’s to fill with art works but I thought that I would do a little research on Art Deco to start with.
I’ve learnt that the term ‘Art Deco’ wasn’t used at the time but was first used in the 1960’s by the British art critic and historian, Bevis Hillier when interest in the ‘L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’ of 1925 was revived.
Art Deco originated in Europe, in particular, Paris in the early years of the 20th century but mostly spanned the inter war years of the roaring 1920’s and the depression of the 1930’s, the style became popular with all classes of people. Art Deco was modern and all forms of design was affected by it from fine art to fashion, film, photography and transport.
It quickly spread around the world and covered handcrafted exclusive products although machine production in new materials made it affordable for everyone.
The Victoria and Albert website has some interesting information here.