Art Deco & Art Moderne
These popular designs of the early 20th century (1920-40) reflected the age of manufacturing. They embraced the advance of technology and exemplified the age of luxury, glamour, and exuberance. This design heralded in social and technological progress.
Art Moderne and Art Deco designs are very close. Art Moderne has rounded vertical lines while the Art Deco has angular horizontal lines. They both have the appearance to be made out of one block that is broken up with a rounded feature. These geometric shapes are often embellished with patterns inspired by Native American art which included; chevrons, terraced, floral and sunrise patterns.
Materials used were stucco, concrete, smooth-faced stone, and Terracotta. Often steel, aluminum and glass blocks were used decoratively. Windows are arranged in continuous rows to streamline the buildings appearance. Roofs are flat and often have parapets, or design to accentuate a corner or entrance.
Art Deco and Art Nouveau is an excellent reflection of Natures Metal Element. with the the rounded angular edges and rounded features. These styles are usually white stucco which is a metal color and material! The technological era exemplifies the qualities of metals richness of jewels, minerals, steel and oil!
The vertical angular Earth Element shapes would support Metal and the continuous window alignment reflects the Element of Water. The sharp terraced angles and patterns in the features would reflect Fire. Read more on the Element cycles of harmony and disharmony.
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