With films and shows such as The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey dominating the media, Art Deco handles and styling are making a huge comeback.
The 1920's saw the end of World War 1, the flapper dress make its presence known, liberate a number of women and saw art influence everything from womens fashion to home fashion. 1925 saw the rise and impact of Art Deco. Back in the 1920's Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and a willingness to work with modern technology. Art Deco can be recognised from it's design style. The colours are often rich, there's a use of bold geometric shapes and lavish designs. Nothing is ever straight in the world of Art Deco. But what did it do to interior design? And how can we incorporate that look into the here and now?
Well, that's simple. Let's start with the basics; Art Deco Handles.
Drop Handles - This drop bar handle with backplate is a perfect example of how to incorporate art deco into the modern home. It's brass colouring would scream 'Great Gatsby' when teamed with a black door. It's all about being bold and not shying away. The backplate is not a traditional rectangle, but more of a elongated haxagon. The lavish curves create attention and drama.
Bow Handles - Extremely long and curved bow handles would often be seen on the door of a swanky hotel or a trendy club. This Cordelia Bow Handle is the perfect modern uptake on an old school bow handle. If you're extremely brave with your art deco and wanting to capture the true essence and over the top qualities of the art deco handles movement, then go for the longest handle (318mm) and place it on an internal door. The long handle will create a statement and be a true talking piece. Ofcourse, if you want the handle to blend more into the aesthetic of your home rather than be a focus piece, you can opt for the smaller measurements. The Cordelia bow has a polished chrome finish, which will just pop when surrounded by purple or black.
Art Deco handles typically featured simple engravings such as curved lines. The engravings added depth and texture to the handle and could make a cheap handle suddenly look expensive and at the height of interior fashion.
The curved engraving on this pull handle is particularly reminiscent of a 1920s pull handle. Pull handles can be applied to walk though doors, but they could also add a vintage touch to a modernly designed kitchen. Just think of the contrast of this silver handle on a polar white background. White and silver have always been two design staples which go together hand in hand, but when you touch this handle and feel the ridges, you can imagine your kitchen belongs in a whole other time.
Knob Whilst art deco handles were extremely popular, art deco knobs took some time to gain the same attention. The problem with the art deco knobs, is their main competition was the Georgian inspired glass knobs, which were also hugely popular in the 1920s. The art deco knobs themselves were of a far more simpler design compared to the actual handles themselves. More often than not, these knobs would be of a typical rounded design but embellished with numerous rings to add a wealthier, upmarket feel. This knob is a perfect example. Whilst not exactly a typical Victorian shaped knob, it is a cylinder shape surrounded by several polished brass rings. It's simple, yet completely over-styled to create a 'look at me' statement. Rings were heavily featured on art deco knobs. They added weight, drama and sophistication. This knob also has 2 contrasting colours, much like art deco. Think Scarface, think Gatsby, think of all the gold vs black.
Art Deco is a part of history which represented a lot of changes and a move forward in so many industries. Whilst we can't go back in time and experience the amazing flapper movement, we can indeed bring a bit of art and history into our home.