The Art Deco style was extremely popular in architecture and industrial
design, as well as, interior decoration, sculpture, painting, fashion and
cinematography, from the mid-1920's to1940. This world-wide popularity came
about as a result of the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes
held in Paris in 1925, from which "Art Deco" got its name. Twenty countries
participated in the exposition and more than a million visitors attended.
Poland's Art Deco designs stood out in the event, as they did later on, at the
New York World's Fair in the 1930's.
Remaining examples of Art Deco architecture can be found in most countries
throughout the world. Unfortunately, many Art Deco buildings in several
European countries were destroyed during World War II.
The Art Deco style is often associated with film noir in cinematography and
with the glamour of the 1920's. It experienced a resurgence in the 1970's and
'80's and, due to the renewed interest during that time, many of the era's
original buildings were restored and saved.
Most of the photos on this page were taken in Miami's South Beach, where so
many Art Deco buildings have been preserved. The area's Art Deco Historic
District is on the National Register of Historic Places and, in 2007, Ocean Drive
was selected as one of the 10 most attractive streets in the U.S.
The Art Deco style is a favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy these photos as
much as I enjoyed searching for them. -- Nancy
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