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The Art Deco style movement began with the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.  The term Art Deco is derived from Arts Decoratifs. The Art Deco style was prominent between 1925-1940. Art Deco was applied to painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decoration, motifs, design, textiles, fashion, jewelry, glass art, metal art, and everyday objects. Attributes of Art Deco include:

  • Linear and geometric shapes, design, and motifs
    • Circles
    • Rectangles
    • Triangles
    • Zigzags
    • Trapezoids
    • Chevrons
    • Parallel lines
    • Sunbursts
    • Heavy geometric influences
    • Loud, vibrant, and even kitschy colors
    • Exaggerated curves
    • Hard edges
    • Stepped forms
  • Abstract shapes
  • Minimalist design
  • Repetition of shapes and lines
  • Simplicity
  • Elongated representations of people and animals
  • Specific stylized icons such as antelopes and greyhounds
  • Streamlining
  • Rounded edges
Notable Art Deco Buildings in Southern California
  • Bay Cities Guaranty Building 221 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Selig Commercial Building 269 S Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90004
  • Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90010
  • Griffith Observatory 2800 E Observatory Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Bullocks Wilshire now Southwestern Law School 3050 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90010
  • Warner Grand Theatre 478 W 6th St San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Eastern Columbia Building 849 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • Los Angeles Central Public Library 630 W 5th St Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Oviatt Building 617 S Olive St Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • CalEdison 601 W 5th St Los Angeles, CA 9007
  • Previous Santa Ana city hall 1217 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
  • Previous US Post Office 1248 5th Street Santa Monica

Read an excellent article on Art Deco style.

 

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