The Francis Files
2024 Design Trend Report: Art Deco Influence
October 30, 2023 - Written by Kevin O'Gara
I recently had the pleasure of spending two days at High Point Market, the largest furniture market in the world! As I recently shared with Business of Home, visiting trade shows is one of the best ways to have a finger on the pulse of the design world and get a preview of the top home decor trends you'll see from designers and retailers 6-12 months down the line. There were three major themes I noticed that I'll be sharing in this series of blog posts, so stay tuned for my 2024 design trend predictions direct from the top design brands on the Design Influencer Tour.
Home design, like fashion, is very referential, and I love finding historical ties in design elements. The period having a major moment in the design world is Art Deco, right around 100 years later. A great example of this style is the designer Jacques Adnet, who exemplifies the clean silhouettes, luxe materials, and rounded edges of Art Deco. This style tends to feature curves and arch motifs, rich wood finishes like burl, and inlaid details on case goods. I saw many examples of this in the furniture showrooms at High Point Market – see some of my favorite finds below.
What is the Art Deco style?
The name "Art Deco" was officially coined in 1925 during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris. It was here that the world first witnessed the symmetrical, geometric, and streamlined pieces that defined this era. Art Deco's hallmark was its innovative use of specialty materials, creating a fusion of simplicity and opulence that set it apart. The designs of this period featured clean lines, striking geometric shapes, and a sophisticated touch, often crafted from luxurious and expensive materials, elevating everyday objects and spaces into works of art.
What design styles inspired Art Deco?
Art Deco wasn't born in isolation; it drew inspiration from a diverse range of influences, including Art Nouveau, the Bauhaus school, and Cubism. This unique blend of influences gave rise to iconic structures such as the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and Radio City Music Hall, all gracing the skyline of New York City. While New York City is synonymous with Art Deco, this captivating style left its imprint across the country. Cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Detroit, Michigan, boast impressive collections of Art Deco structures, each bearing testimony to an era where design celebrated the marriage of form and function, and continues to inspire us well into 2024.
An etched arch motif echoes the wallpaper on this white nightstand by Dorel Home
A series of arches define this sideboard with wicker caning by Bassett Mirror Company