An astonishing piece that serves as a vivid example of so called Art Deco “renaissance” that occurred during the early post-modernist period of European industrial design. That flow of prohibition era eclecticism, if you will, arrived right after the dawn of the golden age of international design and architecture. We cannot imagine the classical 50’s American taste without it’s blend mad avenue skysrappers, it’s colourful and naive yet functional and frenzy suburban interiors. A lucid dream of a shiny plastic tomorrow filled to the brim with commodities. Future was to become nothing but perfect.
But the 70s differed a lot. Air was dense from the film grain and the downtown sewer grime. It was the time of disappointment in idealistic promises, of broken rose-tinted glasses. But as a response we received a flourishing of a counter culture. It was the time that has formed our modern perception of music, cinema, and fashion. Design was obviously no exception.
I personally adore this piece of entertainment furniture because of its profound decadent nature. It’s a statement, an ode to pure hedonism. The straight geometry of lines and tasteful chrome finish gives it a unique look that is hard to confuse with any other style. The designer was clearly inspired a lot with industry hegemons of it’s time. Willy Rizzo was surely amongst them.
Art Deco Style
Art Deco is a major direction of design, arts, and architecture in the years 1920-1940. The term Art déco (derived from French “art décoratif”) originated in connection with the exhibition “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes”, which took place in Paris in 1925. Art deco succeeded Art Nouveau, from which it incorporated numerous stylistic features. Therefore, Art Deco combines floral forms of Art Nouveau and more geometric elements of functionalism, such as the Bauhaus. In addition, Cubism and elements of foreign cultures, such as Africa, ancient Egypt or China are present. Preference for precious, luxurious materials are characteristic.
Art Deco exerted its greatest influence on design of furniture, household goods, fabrics, jewellery, and on the entire field of interior design as well as architecture.