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Art Deco Design and Architecture
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The Art Deco Age
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The 1920s was the beginning of a new era. Modern and chic became a new concept to architecture and design. The new style many were searching for was romantic, exotic, and more modern. People were adapting to modernism, a combination of new and historical ideas. This is what Art Deco was all about. It emphasized the modern use of glossy materials, smooth surfaces, and horizontal lines. Pieces became more geometrically patterned. Art Deco represented a moment in both Western Europe and America’s cultural history. It was the age of jazz, efficient cars, fashionable costumes, and the early skyscrapers. Art deco was displayed through art, homes, and architectural designed buildings. Even the famous Pablo Picasso was an investor in the deco style. Perhaps one of the most famous uses of Art Deco was architecture.

 

            America was the achiever of skyscrapers in the Art Deco age. Many inspired architects went through a boom of creative activity. Tall buildings and skyscrapers were designed and constructed. Artists like Frank Lloyd Wright designed many buildings with new theories, but never executed the plan. However, these designs motivated others to create and plot. Not only were skyscrapers becoming popular, but also the designs of new houses were. At this time more houses were owned, they became smaller, and the kids were more seen throughout the house doing activities. Although the Victorian Age had rich colors and was very decorative, flapper décor denied it. Wood became popular in furniture and floors, and paneling walls was a modern idea. Rugs although, brought in life to the rooms. All of these ideas became popular among family homes and more were built throughout this period in time. The architects and designers deserve the credit they earned. Without their creative ideas and theories, we wouldn’t have set a significant period in time for art. We wouldn’t have had the same concepts today, or went beyond that to new ones. The Art Deco age was one to remember.

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Vocabulary

10 words
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1) Architecture: the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.

 

Back in the 1920s houses were undergoing new architecture.

 

2) Art Deco: the predominative decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s

 

Art Deco became a popular style in America in the 1920s.

 

3) Bungalow: a low house with a broad front porch, having either no upper floor or upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows.

 

Bungalow styled houses were a new popular idea in the 1920s.

 

4) Art Nouveau: a style of decorative art, architecture, design in prominent in Western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War 1 and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural curves.

 

Art Nouveau was popular among Western Europe and the US.

 

5) Amenities: a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.

 

Electricity became an affordable amentity in the 1920s.

 

6) Antiquities: the ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages.

 

Modern people did not want to go back to antiquities.

 

7) Nostalgia: the sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or a place with happy personal association.

 

Nostalgia was not a popular idea during the 1920s

 

8) Idyllic: (esp. of a time or place) like an idyllic; extremely happy or peaceful, picturesque.

 

Hotels became idyllic settings.

 

9) Rustic: of or relating to the countryside; rural 

 

Certain houses had a rustic feel to them.

 

10) Flamboyant: tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, or stylishness

 

Flapper decor was really flamboyant.

 

 

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Primary Source 2: Craftsman Style Bungalow - Idaville

Primary Source 2: Craftsman Style Bungalow - Idaville | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
The Idaville is a Craftsman-style bungalow with ample room and pleasing proportions.
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This is the 1925 American Builder Magazine by William A. Radford Co.

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Website 1: Flapper Decor

Website 1: Flapper Decor | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
Decor of the 1920s -- give or take a decade.
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As new items and gadgets became available it was more accepted. Exotic and romantic was the new search of home owners. Wood became a very popular image among homes. Colors became more mute. Flapper decor became the new do.

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Website 2: Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape, 1922-1932 (Library of Congress Exhibition)

Website 2: Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape, 1922-1932 (Library of Congress Exhibition) | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
Jessica Beadle's insight:

Frank Lloyd Wright was an excellent designer of the 1920s. He created a concept of evoluting architecture with new and old ideas. Wright sought universal meaning through attachment to places. He connected ideas through time and place and created designs that incorporated the universe. He has inspired many other artist and architectects.

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Today's News, Website 2: Lilian Rice

Today's News, Website 2: Lilian Rice | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
When Lilian Jeannette Rice passed away on Dec. 22, 1938, she was recognized and acclaimed as a master architect
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Was Lilian Rice a famous architect? Or was it all a lie? Lilian Rice's reputation and some of her works were demolished.

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Today's News, Website 1: Art Deco and African Spirituals

Today's News, Website 1: Art Deco and African Spirituals | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
It's hard to think of The Nutcracker around these parts without thinking of Tulsa Ballet Theatre's a
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Marcello's Nutcracker play is based off of the 1920s era. This is a new twist to the classic to bring in more viewers.

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Primary Document 1: Modernism in Architecture, 1922, Lewis Mumford

Primary Document 1: Modernism in Architecture, 1922, Lewis Mumford | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
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As Lewis explains, the best architecture designers have not been recognized. America's industrialization has flourished and gained business. The creativity however should be found and appreciated. If it weren't for these artist, we wouldn't have the architecture we have today. I believe what Lewis Mumford describes is true because we wouldn't have the type of lifestyle today if it weren't for these fine architects. We need to thank and congradulate these past artists for their accomplishments. 

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Website 3: Design of the Period House - 1920-1929

Website 3: Design of the Period House - 1920-1929 | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
Although known as 'the Roaring Twenties', the period mixed post-First World War optimism with years of economic depression. Many of the 1920s houses were in suburban developments in the countryside around existing towns and cities.
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Many houses were in suburban evolution. More houses were owned than rent. They were also smaller with more activites involved. Modernism saw houses as 'machines' fit for a purpose. This style strayed away from decorations.

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Website 4: Art Nouveau out, Art Deco in

Website 4: Art Nouveau out, Art Deco in | 1920s Booming Economy | Scoop.it
Jessica Beadle's insight:

Art Noveau was a popular style that started in the 1880s. It welcomed all forms of art and design. Once the 1920s hit, it became an old idea and Art Deco was in. Art Deco was more of a romantic modern style. It combined historical and modern ideas.

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