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What is Art Deco?

Although the question seems simple, historians have not been able to agree upon a single, definitive answer. The time period, aesthetic principles, motifs, and just about everything else that typically defines a style or movement, are all open to interpretation when it comes to defining Art Deco. To aid in understanding the movement, ADSNY has created materials to help you explore the 1920s and 30s, the origins and influences of the Art Deco style, a timeline, and more! Since ADSNY's founding, we have asked experts from the fields of architecture, design, and history to answer the question––What is Art Deco?––without relying on images to help support their opinion. Hover over any image below to see an overview of how the professionals define Art Deco and for the option to see their full definition. 

By Alastair Duncan

By Marilyn Friedman

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We are always eager to learn how our members and fellow Deco enthusiasts define Art Deco and we would be thrilled to hear from you! Share your definition of Art Deco through the form below: