The Chronicle

Inspiration: The Return of Art Deco in Design

When it comes to decorating, small details make a big difference. Case in point: Our new 1940s-era vintage Art Deco ashtrays ($35, pictured below), which lend a subtle, graphic touch to any coffee table and are lightweight enough to move easily between indoors and out. The striking geometric ribbed shape has a sophisticated feel that harks back to a century-old movement that's now trending in the design world.

Short for Arts Décoratifs, the style originated in Paris in the early 20th century and became popular in the 1920s. By interpreting old-world luxury and glamour through a modernist lens, Art Deco balanced beauty and function — and its standout examples of design and architecture are more relevant than ever today.

Here are a few of our favorite Art Deco references — old and new.

HISTORICAL

The Strand Palace Hotel, England, 1909

Unknown Art Deco interior

The Odeon Cinema, London, 1937

The Glass Salon, designed by Paul Ruaud, with furniture by Eileen Gray, 1932

CONTEMPORARY

The Hotel Saint Marc, Paris, designed by Dimore Studio

Velvet sofa by Modshop

Cabinets by Dimore Studio