Style. The tastemakers tell us that it lasts forever, while trends are but a fleeting moment. What happens when a trend and style collide? Magic.
As a child, watching The Wizard of Oz (1939), I recall being mesmerized by the Emerald City. Emerald clad pillars of unparalleled proportion, created an imaginary utopic place we all remember so vividly. Clear lines, exaggerated forms. There was something so exquisite, so clean, so modern. That was 79 years ago, yet its charm still remains.
Built in the Art Deco Style, The Emerald City was created in the same era as the Chrysler Building (1928) as well as the Empire State Building (1931) and like it’s cousins in the real world, it’s style still remains.
Art deco really is a style, not a trend. Nearly 100 years later we still love to adorn our homes in Deco.
From clean modern lines, to Gold accents, black enamel, and dare we mention again, emerald. To think that a trend can be extinct in 18 months, and that window shortening every year, Deco has stood the test of time.
In todays world with electronic everything, one often wishes to connect to the past. To see, even feel something real. In a modern house, that answers us when we talk to it, how do we incorporate our history, our culture, and our past, but still remain current today?
Deco gives us the option to reminisce through color and form to a simpler time. It also reminds us of a time of pure luxury. Only the finest homes could afford such opulence. After all, the 1930’s we were smack in the middle of the Great Depression.
Adding Deco accents to one’s residence in 2018 is much simpler. A framed print by Tamara De Lempicka, bold brass candlesticks, and even architectural elements such as a Deco inspired door, really raises the standard.
I am immensely interested in an exhibit of Deco style, right in downtown Calgary. Lougheed House,(owned and operated by the Province of Alberta) currently is hosting an Art Deco display, until April 29, 2018. Here we have an opportunity to make a personal and tactile connection to this era that still inspires our interior designs today. From ashtrays
and vacuums, to toasters and luxury hood ornaments, it almost takes me back to that feeling of a child, watching Dorothy sing and dance down the yellow brick road.
So, what about you? What’s your style?
No matter what you choose to adorn your house with, just remember, there’s no place like home.
Written by Bradley Gionet,
Westeck Windows and Doors
About Lougheed House:
This 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator James Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella. It remains one of the finest residences in Canada's Northwest, and was the political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1938.The Lougheed House Art Deco Exhibit runs until April 29.
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