Thursday, June 1, 2017

Art Moderne vs. Art Deco Light Fixtures

By Gretchen Sawatzki

At first glance an Art Moderne light fixture may seem oddly similar to an Art Deco style light fixture. However, there is a notable difference.

Art Moderne light fixture circa 1940.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

The Art Deco movement started in France around the same time as World War I. The Art Deco style relied on geometric forms, exaggerated height, and rectangular ornamentation, and was popular in the United States from 1920 - 1940.

Art Moderne light fixture circa 1940.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited


Art Moderne design movement originated in the United States around 1940, and used the advantages of mechanized production to produce slimmer and sleeker light fixtures. This streamlined style drew inspiration from the Art Deco period, but paired down geometric shapes following more natural curvatures, and was less reliant on heavy ornamentation.


Art Deco light fixture circa 1930.
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

Sources:
  Buffalo Architecture and History

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