Abstractions that are found in nature as radiating light rays, aquatic fluids, undulating clouds… Faunistic illustrations represent certain qualities such as a speed of gazelles, beauty and grace of wildlife… Phytomorphic elements transformed to flowers and palm trees lay on silk. Prehispanic cultures from the Aztec, Mayan or Inca cultures are used and motifs inspired by the objects of the archaeological discoveries of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Viking, or African or Indian peoples… Art Decó shapes is the main actor in The Uppers new collection!
It is also called style moderne – movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.
The Roaring Twenties, that decadent period when people tossed tradition out the window and really started living it up. Opulent parties, smokey jazz clubs, subterranean speakeasies—if only we could have been there! The auto, radio, and movie industries were flourishing; the literary world was on fire; and the fashion industry was going bonkers. Architecture was also having a glorious moment. Art Deco emerged as the era’s defining style, characterized by bold geometries and dramatic flourishes.
To celebrate this special The Uppers launch, we’ve rounded up 6 magnificent examples of Art Deco design around the globe.
- The Christ the Redeemer statue (1922) created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot (Rio de Janeiro) is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world at 30 meters tall.
- Palais de Chaillot (Paris) built for the 1937 International Exhibition, the Palais de Chaillot was designed by architects Jacques Carlu, Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, and Léon Azéma. The complex includes contributions from dozens of artisans of the period.
- Chrysler Building (1930) designed by William Van Alen (New York City). The Chrysler Building remains one of the most famous skyscrapers, not only in New York City, but in the world. From 1930 to the mid-1950s, it served as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation.
- The Empire State Building (1931) designed by William F. Lamb (New York City). The highest building in the world for 40 years, and perhaps the most well-known.
- Fairmont Peace Hotel (Shanghai) – located on the Bund, the Cathay Hotel building—now known as the Fairmont Peace Hotel—is one of Shanghai’s Art Deco gems. The building was commissioned by real-estate tycoon Sir Victor Sassoon and completed in 1929.
- The Delano (Miami) – South Beach area is bursting with gorgeous Art Deco buildings, including the Delano, a popular hotel built in 1947 by architect Robert Swartburg and renovated in 1995 by Philippe Starck.
- Valencian architect Joan Guardiola’s Casa Judía (1930) in Calle Castellón is a mesmerising mix of Hollywood Cleopatra and downtown Aztec. Valencia was undergoing an economic boom in the 1920s and 30s, and art-deco influences can be seen all along Calles María Cristina and Sueca, in Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and in the city’s two 1930s cinemas: the Capitol and the Rialto
Which one would you like to visit in your next vacation?