By John Linden
Interior design, furniture design, lover of all things chic in home decor.
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. We also mention the best ways to find buy fab mirrors
A Little Art Deco History
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 Wall 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 1st Dibs — 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.
Antique Art Deco Wall Mirror
Another option when you are looking for an antique Art Deco mirror is eBay. Unlike 1st Dibs, there are great deals on eBay, but the quality among pieces varies. There was an Art Deco revival period in the 1980s that has a large presence on eBay, so consider yourself warned!
👍 Rule of Thumb Antique Art Deco Mirrors can be difficult to find and expensive, but if you love the they, they’re worth it.
A Collection of 5 Awesome Art Deco Mirrors
The decor of the 1920s has a lasting, glamorous charm. Below are five of my favorite Art Deco style mirrors.
1. Rosdorf Park Beveled Beaded Wall Mirror from Wayfair
This beveled mirror is framed in glass, making the entire decoration reflective. It has gold beads around the inner and outer perimeter of the frame, which gives it that extra bit of glitziness. This Art Deco mirror would look great in any dining room, bedroom, or even bathroom.
2. Nouveau Rectangular Wall Mirror from Houzz
Like the Rosdorf mirror, this one is also framed in reflective glass. It has two separate layers of mirrored frame that give it a classically elegant appeal. This one is much less ornate than some of the Art Deco wall mirrors out there. Its sleekness would make it appealing to anyone, even those with more minimal sensibilities.
3. Burbank Art Deco Bathroom Wall Mirror
This one is oddly-shaped, but we love it nonetheless. It has the strange, organic-yet-geometric feeling that Art Deco fans seem to love. The description says that it’s intended for bathroom walls, but we could imagine a true Deco fan hanging this in any room of their house.
4. Faceted Mirror – Emerald Cut from West Elm
An abstract, artistic mirror with the silvery glamour of the 1920s.
5. Rectangle Metal Accent Mirror from Wayfair
Another slightly over-the-top design (the kind that makes us love Art Deco), this mirror features a unique frame design. The frame is comprised of four thin frames that intersect one other at various points. Anyone who’s going for the orthodox Art Deco look is going to love this one.
Custom Art Deco Wall Mirrors
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.
Deco Mirror Company
If you have looked through all the vintage Deco mirrors online, there are a few companies out there that create “reproduction” Art Deco pieces. In the past, we’ve worked with Color + Mirror before and their pieces have been excellent.
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