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Art Deco

Art Deco has become one of the most iconic, recognised and revived styles in the history of art, architecture and design. The style emerged from France in the 1910s - deriving its name from the term 'art décoratif' - but reached its peak during the Jazz Age in the following decade. The style was influenced by various artistic movements, including Cubism, De Stijl and Fauvism, resulting in the unmistakable geometric shapes and vibrant colours. Although the style originated from furniture and textile design, it rapidly spread to art, fashion, jewellery and architecture. Some of the most famous buildings constructed in the Art Deco style include the Chrysler Building in New York and the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The Art Deco period produced some of the most important arists of the 20th century, such as Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka and the multi-talented illustrator, Erté. During this time, the renowned glassmaker, Lalique, was founded by René Lalique, whose Art Deco glass creations brought commercial success to the company.

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