art deco

noun, often capitalized A&D
art de·​co | \ ˌärt-ˈde-ˌkō How to pronounce art deco (audio) ; ˌär(t)-dā-ˈkō, ˈär(t)-ˈdā-(ˌ)\

Definition of art deco

: a popular design style of the 1920s and 1930s characterized especially by bold outlines, geometric and zigzag forms, and the use of new materials (such as plastic)

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By the 1960s, movie houses had become nondescript in design, a move away from the ornate art deco theaters from decades before, and Clear Lake Theater reflected that aesthetic shift. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Demolition of Clear Lake Theatre building sparked memories," 1 Aug. 2019 Their art deco inspired Grand Suite served as an aphrodisiac with free-flowing champagne, 24-hour butler service, roses, chocolates and a plush bed made for two. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Ludacris and Eudoxie's Romantic Train Ride Through Europe Has Us Swooning," 29 July 2019 This is not a 1920’s art deco building in Miami Beach that will only benefit from a historic designation. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Tom’s Diner should not become a historic landmark against owner’s wishes," 24 July 2019 In March, chef James Kent and his restaurateur partner, Jeff Katz, opened Crown Shy, an elegant but casual 120-seat restaurant on the ground floor of 70 Pine Street, an 87-year-old art deco skyscraper in Manhattan’s Financial District. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "This FiDi Restaurant Hopes to Feel “Like a Party in a Penthouse”," 16 May 2019 This is the oldest lodging in the park going back 126 years, but has recently been renovated in art deco style. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 From fur trading post to harbor of the Great Migration to icon of art deco and beaux art architecture, the city continues to evolve as a hub for folks seeking a fresh start. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 But the art deco bar table (also well used — as in frequently — in this play) is perfection with its rounded glass and gold trim. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 Morgan stops inside Carew Tower, an art deco jewel that housed the office of baseball’s second commissioner, the ebullient Happy Chandler. Katherine Rodeghier,, "From scandals to milestones, an expanded museum and tours celebrate 150 years of baseball in Cincinnati," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of art deco

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art deco

French Art Déco, from Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exposition of modern decorative and industrial arts held in Paris, France, in 1925

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: a style of art, design, and architecture that uses bold lines and simple shapes

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