To me, Art Deco is like a fantastic wine; it is the perfect blend of fashion with architecture and design and encompasses all of my visual art passions.
According to Wikipedia, Led by the best designers in the decorative arts such as fashion, and interior design, Art Deco affected all areas of design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including architecture and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as painting, the graphic arts and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional and modern.It could also be described as a movement of sorts. A rebelling from designing with political or philosophical roots. It was simply about design. Nothing more, nothing less.
It was the soul of the 1920′s and 30′s and served as the foundation for design movements that emerged throughout the past 80 years. The “art deco aesthetic” is primarily found in fashion, architecture, art and typography but its influences can still be found in modern design.
Luella says…That building matches my dress.
What era of design do you love?
In February of 2005, I went to Paris to work Fashion Week at the WHO’S NEXT show. I had studied French from 7th grade through college so I was beyond ecstatic to be able to travel to the City of Light.
Most of my time was spent at Le Porte de Versailles where the shows were being held but I did venture out to see La Tour Eiffel, Brasserie Lipp, Café de Flore, Sacré-Coeur, La Seine & Notre Dame to name a few. To be honest, my favorite part was a two hour stroll looking for a specific restaurant I could never find. Paris was the most peaceful city I have ever visited. So still and quiet yet so rich in culture.
I can still remember thinking how lucky I was to be a relatively small town girl, working for a Danish fashion designer flying on business from Copenhagen to Paris. Good times, great memories.
Paris was perfect, or parfait as they say en Français.
I woke up each morning, grabbed le petit déjeuner on my way to the Métro, worked the show and then finished the evening eating oysters from Provence and drinking delicious wine I will never remember the name of.
In retrospect, I would have loved to JUST be a tourist but I got the opportunity to live the culture instead of just visit it. For that, I will be eternally grateful.
Below are some amazing vintage Parisian finds from Etsy meant to remind you of one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Luella says…Paris, Je t’aime.
Gorgeous linen backed Art Deco ORIGINAL 1921 ad for the Au Printemps store in Paris
Fabulous Antique Ornate French Pier Mirror Gesso Carvings
Vintage Handmade Heirloom clay tea set
Antique DAHER TIN PLATE
Romantic Country French Antique Sofa With Carvings 1900′s France
Vintage French Continental Princess rotary phone
Large French Silver Metal Swag Brooch Signed
Muslin Ribbon – French Flourish
Antique Silver Tray Oval French Chic
Antique French Carved Bergere Chair
Hand Picked French Lavender (lavande)
Vintage French Carved Hand Painted Chest With Marble Top Paris Chic
Paris Opera Glasses
Crystal Light Bulb Cover
If you haven’t been to Paris, save up your pennies and go.
It truly is a season-less city. Paris in the Summer or Paris in the Winter doesn’t detract from all its splendor.