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Art Deco Push and Pull Door Plates

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     Art Deco is characterized by a linear, hard edge or angular composition, often with a vertical emphasis, and highlighted with stylized decoration (according to Blumenson). Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s  and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film.

     The Art Deco style has become quite popular in home décor due to its versatility and uniqueness.  The style typically features clean lines and geometric patterns, usually carved into the metal so as to add contrast, or embossed on the surface to help it stand out.   There are several different methods used to create such designs, though creating a mold and pouring molten metal is a popular method, and can be fairly fast to do.  It is especially popular when making pairs of door plates, ensuring that the two pieces will match exactly.

It easy to see the similarities between art deco architecture and art deco interior design. We nick named this plate "The Chrysler".



     Etching a design into the piece is generally done when a pattern is placed on the solid metal and an acid, or other chemical compound, is used to eat away at the exposed metal.  The result is a design embedded into the metal.  It is not uncommon to have color differences in the metals, allowing the pattern to stand out a little more.  This is especially the case in the push plates featured in bronze and copper.

A brilliant example of the intricate detail that goes into art deco design elements.


     Our pieces are available in many different finishes and metals, making it easy to find just the right one for your home or particular room you are decorating.  Art Deco is an especially nice style for decorating, since it is extremely versatile and can match any current décor.  If you prefer your décor to stand out and make a statement, consider perhaps one of the more extravagantly decorated plates.  You can also choose plates in a metal that contrast with the rest of the décor or the color of the doors they are applied to.  Polished brass pieces look brilliant on a white door, and copper pieces on a dark colored wood add just enough color difference to be noticeable.


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August 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

European Neoclassicism

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     Examples of Neoclassicism architecture can be found all over the world including Spain and Poland.  The buildings that are selected to portray this style usually aren’t homes, like with some other styles, but rather they tend to be large, prominent buildings and monuments.  Many government buildings and museums are wonderful examples of Neoclassicism.  Because these buildings are generally so large and statuesque they are usually constructed in a well-populated place, such as the center of the capital city.  The distinctive style and regal quality of this style makes it an excellent choice for any sort of building meant to make a statement.


     In Spain, the famous Prado Museum (pictured below) was one of Juan de Villanueva’s most famous and popular works.  Instead of building the three components that were requested as separate buildings and incorporated them into one large one, but created separate entrances.  His style was appreciated so much and admired by so many people that he was commissioned to create homes for some of their royalty, as well as rebuilding the town square in Madrid.

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     The most famous buildings Neoclassical buildings in Poland include the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Palace on the Water, Królikarnia and the palace in Jabłonna. The Amphitheatre in the Royal Baths Park as well as several palaces and the Holy Trinity Church and gardens. Neoclassicism usually falls under the umbrella of traditional architecture, drawing on Roman and other classical influences.


     Perhaps one of the most famous sites to inspire the interior design associated with Neoclassicism is the city of Pompeii.  This city is one of the most perfect example of ancient interior design, as it has been preserved almost perfectly for centuries.  The volcanic ash that covered the city and caused hundreds of deaths acted as  somewhat of a preservative, allowing archeologists to excavate near-perfect buildings.  One of the most distinctive features of Pompeii architecture is the fact that they brought many things that would usually be considered exterior styles and put them on the interior of the homes.  Many modern Neoclassical styles utilize this in their construction and decoration.

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June 27, 2011 at 9:04 am