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Wallpaper & Fabric 30's Patterns

Our original wallpapers inspired by the 1930s

A selection of wallpapers freely inspired by decorative arts and graphic trends of the 1930s. A very rich time for artistic creation, the 1930s were marked by the Art Deco style. This selection of our products revisits several trends in vogue at that time, between traditional and floral patterns and abstract geometrical designs. Some patterns are clearly in a retro-chic trend, while some others find a certain modernity in keeping with current trends.

Art Deco, an emblematic style of the 1920s and 1930s

The Art Deco movement was named as such around 1925, but this style has progressively grown since the beginning of the 20th century. Although contemporary with Modernism, Art Deco shares with it geometric shapes and structured designs, but integrates purely decorative aesthetic elements, some may say sometimes excessively.

As a deep trend, Art Deco plays in a very large number of fields: Architecture, industrial design, graphics, furniture, graphic design, fabrics and of course wallpaper. Some very simple patterns are emblematic of this movement: The fan, the rafters, and the arcs of circles.

Focus on Art Deco, an emblematic style of the 1930s

The Art Nouveau movement dominated European decorative arts until the eve of the First World War. Art then invites itself into everyday objects and of course architecture. Entire districts are built in a style that gives pride of place to curves, vegetal patterns and heavily decorated facades. Riga, Barcelona and Brussels are particularly representative of major European centres that form a true Art Nouveau route.

In this context, artists try to recover a simple aesthetic, moving away from undulating forms and charged compositions. There are pure lines, symmetrical sets, right angles and regular semicircles. It is the birth of Art Deco, a style whose boundaries are sometimes blurred, at the crossroads of modernism, Bauhaus and Art Nouveau.

In France, the movement found its place in the reconstruction of regions affected by the First World War: in Reims or Saint-Quentin, for example, its architectural richness can be seen in large-scale urban complexes. Further away from the territories under reconstruction, we can also mention the example of Villeurbanne and its skyscrapers inspired by the American trends of the time, like the Empire State Building, a symbol of Art Deco architecture.

The style is displayed on the facades, the furniture but also in the graphic art. Advertising in particular makes extensive use of simple and refined lines to attract the eye and create striking visual games. With the rise of transport, Cassandre, one of the emblematic graphic designers of the time, produced many very typical posters. In painting, Tamara de Lempicka embodies the movement with her portraits in bright colours, smooth shadows and a very tight frame. All these graphic evolutions have made Art Deco a unique style that takes an essential place in the history of design and graphic arts. Every year, many exhibitions, books and films are dedicated to the movement that marked the 1920s, the years and the 1930s and even beyond!

Indeed, in recent years, we have seen a return of the style, driven in particular by the films Gatbsy the Magnificent or The Artist. In the home, Art Deco is now asserting itself by combining metal and geometric shapes (hanging lamps, designer furniture, but also glass and ironwork), and of course through its graphic motifs, which can be found on French wallpapers and fabrics furnishings.