The History Behind the Hardware: Art Deco Pattern

Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920's, '30s and '40s, the Art Deco design style is still an interior design staple for glamour, luxury and geometrical order. Whether you're a fan of jazz age décor, historic homes or antique hardware, follow along to learn all about the history behind Charleston Hardware Co.'s Art Deco Designs.

Art Deco styles are characterized by rich colors, bold geometry and decadent detail work. They first became popular at the French exposition in 1920 as a backlash against more traditional designs that were so popular at the time.

The movement began to take off in America soon after, influencing the fashion and jewelry industries, furniture designs, and eventually the world of architecture.

Chrysler Building, New York via Dezeen

The patterns from Charleston Hardware Co.'s Art Deco collection were taken from antique originals and stamped in solid brass and bronze. Noteworthy is the lack of Victorian ornamentation and the appearance of strong architectural lines.

In the 1920's, these patterns were mass produced by stamping, making door hardware more affordable than ever for the working man. Glass knobs were often substituted for brass doorknobs to compliment the polished finish.

The bold and sweeping statements of Art Deco designs are perfect if your tastes veer more towards elegant and sleek hardware selections. For more inspiration, check out Charleston Hardware Co.'s three Art Deco patterns below; 1929, Zelda and Gotham.

Browse CHCo's Art Deco Patterns

Spotlight on Design:

Our Gotham Back Plates in Polished Brass with Octagonal Glass Doorknobs.

Interior Design by Mattye Dewhirst | Photography by Samara Vise


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