Art Deco Lighting

Art Deco  Lighting  Ideas

 Lighting  during the Art Deco movement was dramatic, elegant and futuristic looking. It was a very important feature of interior design and also a key element of exterior architecture.

Traditionally, lamps, chandeliers and wall sconces were made from steel, chrome or polished bronze. This created that sexy, sleek look that is most associated with this period of history. Porcelain and glass were used to fashion lamp shades. This also contributed to the streamlined, sleek Deco aesthetic.

Beautiful glass Lalique lamps and other  lighting  pieces were very popular and continue to be in hot demand today.

Another traditional feature of Deco  lighting  is geometric pattern. Symmetrical and repeating angular designs like zig-zags, chevrons and Egyptian symbols were frequently engraved in metal lamp posts and glass shades.

Also, the glass would often be been painted in bold colours like brilliant red or sapphire blue. Bright colours were a very popular trend during the days of Deco.

Art Deco  Lighting  Characteristics

To complement the sleek architecture and modern interior design elements of the Deco period,  lighting  pieces also exhibited the classic characteristics of the style:

Geometric, angular designs – i.e. chevrons, zigzags

Streamlined and modern

Long, vertical silhouettes

Extensive use of steel, chrome, bronze and other ‘shiny’ metals

Neon lights (primarily for external use)

Often large/over-scaled to create drama

‘Futuristic’ look – reminiscent of machinery

Bold, bright colours

Glass or porcelain lamp shades

Lalique crystal or glass lamps

To see some spectacular examples of Art Deco lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers and other light fixtures, please visit Art Deco  Lighting .