Whenever Art Deco comes up, many clients ask how to furnish their space with an Art Deco mirrors without being tacky. This article discusses popular designs and colors for art deco mirrors mirrors. We also mention the best ways to find buy fab mirrors.
by John Linden & the MirrorCoop team
Custom Fan Style Wall Mirror by MirrorCoop
For a longtime I admired the Art Deco movement for its individuality, creativity, and dedication to craftsmanship.
Over the years, I’ve built quite a few art deco mirrors for my clients, many of whom love the artistry and flair of the era.
The Art Deco wall mirror below is a popular version of a Deco piece that I’ve adapted for a few clients. This style is sometimes referred to as “fan tail” and is a classic shape that was found in decor of the 1920s and 30s.
As I mentioned, this piece has been adapted in the past to accommodate different shapes colors and sizes, so if you are looking for something similar, please reach out and I can walk you through building a similar piece.
A Little History of Art Deco Design
Are you a fan of 1920’s aesthetics? Do you watch The Great Gatsby and wish you could share in some of the gilded-age excesses. Art Deco spoke to luxury and prosperity in a way that only an era of great prosperity could.
If you are unfamiliar with the term, Art Deco is the name of an aesthetic developed in the early years of the 20th century. It came about as the result of several factors.
First, technology was expanding at a rapid pace. People were seeing sleek, machine-made objects for the first time. The cool, rigid aesthetic of mass-produced products was a huge influence on Art Deco as a movement.
Second, other cultures around the world began influencing Americans and European designers. Many designers served in the military during World War I and were able to experience works of art and design that Americans previously hadn’t seen. The shiny, organically-shaped design objects (think of Egyptian busts and Chinese vases) produced by Eastern cultures were massively influential on Art Deco.
In short, this combination of rigid, geometric shapes with strange, exotic objects is what characterizes Art Deco. It had a huge impact on every type of design from architecture and furniture to fashion and jewelry.
Where to Find Vintage Art Deco mirrors
Furniture from 80 years ago is hard to come by, regardless of the style. Put another way, finding vintage Art Deco furniture can be tough because of how rare it is.
What’s more, price can be prohibitive. Vintage pieces that have survived were typically commissioned pieces to being with. In other words, someone decided to start taking care of the furniture from the moment it was created. As you can imagine, these pieces tend to be expensive & also are not very functional.
In short, your best bet if you are in love with the Art Deco style and want something from the actual era is https://www.1stdibs.com/. 1st Dibs is basically just a collection of high-end furniture dealers online.
The downside is that you will pay top dollar for any piece you buy, as the furniture will require expensive shipping and maintenance.
Where to find reproduction (made to look like vintage) Art Deco
Decorating in this style can make any room appear bold and elegant. Today, this aesthetic still looks great. If you’re looking to design the perfect Art Deco room, here are some tips:
Start Out with a Geometric Backdrop
Art Deco room starts with bold, linear patterns. Geometric wallpaper makes a great backdrop for an art deco room. Peacock and optical patterns work well, too. This will be a good way to make your furniture and decorations really pop once you started bringing them in.
Add Some Ornate Furniture
Furniture made in (or inspired by, if you’re looking to save money) the 1920’s can be quite exotic looking. Many pieces will have exaggerated curves and metallic ornamentation. Others will be printed with animal patterns. Find a few pieces of furniture for your Art Deco room. Don’t worry about how well they match. Much of the Art Deco philosophy is about lavish excess, so it’s okay if pieces clash in a way that seems tacky at first. Once you get your furniture pieces in the same room together, you may be surprised at how well they compliment one another.
Find Some 1920’s-Inspired Artwork
As the movement’s name suggests, the art of the 1920s and 30s inspired the broader design movement. Many architects and designers borrowed forms from the painters and sculptors in their social circles. As a result, paintings and sculptures from that time period pair nicely with other elements of Art Deco design.
If you are looking to create a perfect Art Deco room, find some printed reproductions of paintings from the 1920’s or 30’s. Look for work by Erte, Tamara de Lempicka or Louis Icart. In addition, you could look for some abstract works inspired by the forms and colors of the Art Deco movement.
Lamps and Sculptures are Key
Art Deco designers adored exotic decorations. After all, many of them sought inspiration from African and Asian cultures. They would often look far and wide for the perfect sculptural lamps and decorative objects to complete their rooms. If you’re creating an Art Deco space in your home, scour thrift stores and antique shops for some ornate decorations. Look for finely detailed vases, unusually shaped lamps and things with metallic ornaments. These will help to round off the Art deco aesthetic you’re going for.
MirrorCoop is a customer furniture studio that build wall mirrors and mirrored furniture. We are based in Los Angeles but work through the United States, Europe, and Australia. In other words, we can build you a custom mirror and ship it to your door.
Also, most pieces we build are custom, though you can always see what’s currently available here. If you have a question about a custom Art Deco wall mirror, just email me at email@example.com.