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Design Trend: The Return of the Roaring ’20s

Bold lines, streamlined silhouettes and a dramatic color palette define art deco style, still going strong decades after its birth.

It’s been a century since the legendary Roaring ’20s era, and as we continue through the early 2020s, we’re reminiscing about the art deco aesthetics that keep the stylish set circling back again and again. “Strong, curved lines are the defining element of the art deco style, which is masculine in its mass but also has feminine flourishes,” says interior designer James McIntyre. “I believe the aesthetic endures because of that duality. Art deco has evolved with a new pop-art edge to it that suits a new generation.”

From starbursts and zig-zags to gleaming golds and shiny chromes, many memorable design motifs of this period are finding new life in modern furnishings, finishes and fixtures.

An Opulent Touch

Capture the glitz and glamour of the 1920s with the 24-karat gold-glazed Amara sink. The versatile design can be installed as a drop-in or undermount style and is handcrafted by master Italian artisans from the highest quality fireclay. 18″L by 12″W by 4″D. Prices vary. (

Lines and Curves

The classically geometric silhouette of the Lyric Accent Lamp combines dramatic matte black with shimmering gold accents. 16″H by 12″W by 12″D. $149 (

Stately Service

Exquisitely crafted of Limoges porcelain, “Art Deco” dinnerware by Haviland incorporates a classic fish-scale motif in matte gold, black and shimmering white. Shown: teapot, sugar box, creamer, cup and saucer. $205-$460 (

Magic Metropolis

The dazzling Crystalline mosaic, comprising hundreds of 1-inch-square porcelain tiles, creates an eye-catching backdrop for any room in your home that needs a dash of drama. The minimalistic crystal-inspired pattern recalls the angular aesthetic of the early 20th century. Available in seven colorways. Price upon request. (

New York Sophisticate 

Named for the city known for its countless examples of deco details and embellishments, the Manhattan outdoor wall light, in stately black and white, is an homage to clean-lined skyscrapers. 16″ H by 5.25″W and 22″H by 7″W. $219-$288 (

Fair-Weather Fans

Whether you outfit a whole room, a single accent wall or simply frame a portion, the Feather Fan wallcovering from Cole & Son’s Icons collection instantly conjures images of sophisticated interiors from the early 1900s. Available in seven shades. To the trade. (

Riveting Reflection

With an angular frame echoing the facets of a glimmering gemstone, the slim, polished nickel Whisp Mirror is like jewelry for your home. 39.25″H by 29″W by 2″D. To the trade. (

Stylized Seating

Luxe materials and repetition of shapes define the era. Floating atop high-gloss black metal legs with ball-foot detail, the velvet Ardis chair embodies a vintage deco aesthetic with vertical tufting lines, front and back. 32″H by 32″W by 33.5″D. $999 (


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