30 April 2023

Furnishing a home in the Art Deco style means wanting to impress. Whether it is a detail in the entrance hall, the dining room furniture or the relaxation room, a few elements with a well-defined personality and absolute style are enough to bring the timeless beauty of the Roaring Twenties into the home.

Art Deco style has characteristic shapes and iconic materials, but if we had to describe it in one word, we could say that it is pure elegance: soft lines, velvets, gold, eccentric touches, bold geometries, dark colours and strong contrasts. Furnishing a home in the Art Deco style means wanting to impress.

At the roots of Art Deco.

Inspired by the memorable furniture of the 1920s, the Art Deco style encapsulates the desire for rebirth, the desire to amaze and be unique. In the early 1900s, the Great War just ended and people wanted to look forward and enjoy life, starting with their homes. And this is precisely the spirit of Art Deco furniture: to make interiors memorable, rich and elegant through luxurious materials and accessories with a strong character, with peaks of imaginative eccentricity.

When talking about Art Deco style, mentioning Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel‘The Great Gatsby’ is a must. Like flying with your mind, if only for a moment, to Leonardo di Caprio’s sumptuous villa and finding yourself surrounded by that brazen mix of beauty, luxury and comfort, between one mirror and another.

Actually, this unique style finds its deep inspiration in an extraordinary historical event: the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. A revolutionary discovery that has inspired stylists and designers around the world in many ways, starting with the use of gold in all its aesthetic power. In the creation of geometries, patterns inspired by nature, even bold, dark colours, sharp contrasts. In precious materials such as velvets and silks and wallpapers for the creation of royal-inspired rooms. The Art Deco style can be revived in all its intensity even today, bringing a touch of contemporary elegance to any room.

The secrets of contemporary Art Deco furniture.

Choose the main furniture elements with geometric shapes and clear lines and give them a prominent position within the chosen rooms, especially if they are tables or sofas with large volumes.

Favour symmetries in the arrangement of furniture, such as inserting twin armchairs, sofas or mirrors to lend solemnity to the room, whether it is a hall, living room or bedroom.

Focus on iconic materials such as brass, steel, wood. Velvets, leather-effect fabrics. Don’t be afraid to mix and why not, even dare: Art Deco also means this.

Combining geometric patterns such as ‘V’ motifs, but also zigzag or raggera, another strongly characterising geometry of the Art Deco style, inspired by the precious gold jewellery found in the treasures of the pharaohs.

Aim for clear geometries in the flooring if possible, or focus on the patterns of carpets or wallpaper preferring solid colours with a strong character such as the characteristic black and white, but also lacquer red and gold.

Exactly that: gold. We always find it because it represents a bit of the stylistic essence and the real secret to reproducing an impeccable Art Deco ambience with timeless charm. A chromatic and material touch that cannot be missed.

Arredamento Art Déco firmato Bontempi Casa
Art Deco furniture by Bontempi Casa

The latest trends in style design.

Today, Art Deco furniture is mainly made of wood or metal with a design of clean, essential lines and great attention to detail. Elegance remains a must.

A perfect example is the Universe Table from the Bontempi 2023 Collection: structure and decorative details in lacquered steel that can be customised in finishes and combined with a fixed barrel top in veneered Wood, Crystal or SuperMarble for a creation with magnetic appeal. The peculiar open line of the base gives lightness to the composition even in the striking XXL version, making this piece of furniture a precious and original element, impeccably Art Deco.

For seating, enveloping proportions and decorations with geometric patterns bring the rigour and beauty of the original style into any room, even more so when upholstered in precious materials such as velvet or ecological leather.

Main character of many creations born under the banner of a style that is both iconic and contemporary, brass or metal with a gold finish. Contemporary embodiments of the precious metal, they interpret designs with solid and essential lines giving instant charm and elegance. Ideal creations either as total gold versions or as frames or structures capable of enhancing elements such as glass, mirrors and crystal, as well as marble, wood and stone.

Once again the impeccable protagonist of the upholstery, velvet. Whether it is sofas with square lines or softer, more enveloping solutions, velvet never ceases to enchant, in all its colour variations and geometric patterns. From the seats to the cushions, the velvet touch tells of elegance at first glance.

Whether it is a detail in the entrance hall, the dining room furniture or the relaxation room, a few elements with a well-defined personality and absolute style are enough to bring the timeless beauty of the Roaring Twenties into the home.

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