|Friend's Art Deco (with original art) home in Palm Desert, CA.|
I used two search terms on craigslist - Art Deco and Mid-Century Furniture - and got a lot of hits. I would estimate that only about 20% came close to the the mark (as I envisioned it) but there was definitely a lot to ponder and review. There does appear to be some difference between the two concepts in terms of timing. Art Deco is often described as being in its heyday in the 1920 - 1930's while Mid-Century was, well, mid-century - 50's and 60's.
Here's a description of Art Deco Furniture - I love the "attitude" comment:
rose in the early part of the 20th century from a conglomeration of other art styles, including Art Nouveau and Neoclassical. In the United States, the Art Deco rage peaked during the Roaring '20s, while the nation was recovering from World War I. The furniture from this period has some distinct and defining overtones and architecture that reflect the uplifted moods of the citizens as they shed their inhibitions and focused on decorative elements that reinforced their new avant-garde attitudes. Description plus Fact Sheet.Clearly not everyone who labels their pieces "art deco" is consistent in the application of the various definitions. Here are some samples of what I found.
|Some of these pieces actually looked like some of the examples I saw on-line. I didn't care for them, however, and thought they were too bulky and dark.|
|I thought these were closer to the basic styles that I enjoyed in the Palm Desert decor - I could visualize using these in a color-saturaed setting.|
|While these were not exactly bright, I thought their sleek designs would work well with bright color furnishings and accessories.|
|Some bold-colored case pieces that might work well in the setting. The red media cabinet is from Ikea and I have noticed that a lot of their furnishings might work in this setting.|
|Here are some some lighting and tables labeled "art deco" - the multicolored piece above was quite pricey ($750).|
Finally, I saw this piece labeled as art deco and couldn't quite decide if I could work with it - what do you think?
|Chair labeled Art Deco on Craigslist|