Hardware & Lighting of the Art Deco Era
The Streamline style of the 1930s was the antidote to the ornate historical throwbacks of the previous century. Emerging from the ornamental Art Deco of the 1920s, this new stripped-down style was inspired by aerodynamic industrial design. Whether it was applied to a toaster or a train, a house or a hotel, the style emphasized curving forms, long horizontal lines, and sometimes nautical elements to give the impression of sleekness, speed, and modernity.
Home hardware and lighting were no exception. Void of ornament, these pieces stand out in their simplicity of form. Concentric circles, stepped profiles, and incised lines give them a fresh, futuristic look perfectly suited to the homes of the day. In contrast to the rich bronze tones favored by previous generations, designers used chrome and nickel finishes to underscore the break from the past.
While ideal for anyone restoring, remodeling, or building an Art Deco style home, the Streamline Collection will add a dash of vintage glamour to homes of any era.
Faithfully reproduced from an Art Deco original, this bold door set is the epitome of Streamline style. The design is simple, yet dynamic, comprised of stepped profiles, concentric circles, and uncompromising straight lines. The contrast with the ornate historical styles of the previous decades could not be greater!
Lighting designers of the 1930s fully embraced the Streamline Deco style. Sleek and shining, it infused a touch of glamour into average American homes. Chandeliers and sconces, pendants, and porch lights displayed the same passion for racing lines, stepped profiles, and machine-like precision as the architecture of the day. Also new were toggle light switches (in black or brown), and decorative switch plates to tie it all together.
Cabinet & Furniture Hardware
The 1930s saw the transformation of the American kitchen from a charming (and sometimes dowdy) workspace to a sleek and modern showpiece. Accordingly, cabinet hardware designers adopted the style of the day, incorporating racing lines, concentric rings, and gleaming silver finishes. Glass knobs and pulls were as popular as ever, but with new streamlined shapes and soft colors, such as Depression green and pink.
Whether it’s a doorbell and house numbers by the front door, a hook in the bathroom, or a register in the hall, these small hardware pieces add a touch of Art Deco style throughout your home. Displaying the era’s passion for sleek and simple beauty, these vintage designs are a fresh addition to homes of any era.
In Art Deco style homes, windows played an exciting new role. While double-hung sashes were still prevalent, the new architectural trend towards horizontality called for bands of fixed sashes or outswing casements. Windows often wrapped around a curving corner, flooding the interior with light. When divided lights were employed, they too were broad and horizontal to preserve the streamline effect. As with most interior hardware of the era, window fittings were clean-lined and finished in chrome or nickel for a fresh, modern look.