Hi all!Art Deco ! Art Deco! One hears it all the time…. ‘Art Deco!’
Don’t ask me … ask Amruta … she’s the one who says ‘THIS is Art Deco’.. ‘THAT is Art Deco ‘
Is everything ArT Deco, Amruta ???!
Well in a way …..Yes Twinny!Art Deco is Pretty much omnipresent …!!
World War 1 had just ended…
Who was in the mood for art??!
People wanted ‘functional things’….’modern’ things…
Made of new age materials.. steel – aluminium -glass – stucco for construction ..wood and metal for furniture ..
The major look was…well…
GEOMETRIC …triangles/ trapezoids… repetition of shapes ,flowing curves, arches , chevron patterns….Art with use of brush and paint was a bit relegated to the background ….
Plenty of zigzags / ziggurats!
Of motor cars , of skyscrapers….
And as the Europeans and the US got more and more comfortable in the Roaring 20’s ….To these geometric designs were added elements inspired from the past …digging up history … using Egyptian sphinxes and Aztec art ….Inspirations from the East like lotuses, Native figures from Africa …
Sometimes precious inlaid work with ivory , sharkskin , lacquer was added….
So all in all an ALCHEMISTS mix..
Of modern functional design.. ….decorated with objects from another era….ART DECO or MODERN DECORATIVE ART was born…!
Have a look at some famous Art Deco buildings…
The Chrysler building of New York
In Havana… Cuba .. the famous Bacardi building ….
Art Deco in the London Underground…
Then again in the 1980s
Have a look at Art Deco in furniture…
Marine Drive in Mumbai …Right??!
This is a picture of MIAMI…..the worlds CAPITAL of Art Deco!!! Over 200 Art Deco buildings..
This Friday i.e. Tomorrow will be the
40th Anniversary Celebration of Art Deco in this city ..,
Have a look…
Mumbai is placed SECOND for the most number of Art Deco buildings in the world!!!!
Surprise of surprises .,
Our very own MUMBAI ..!!!
Have a look…!
The Eros theatre ….
Wow!!!How did Art Deco reach Mumbai ?
Post world war.. businesses in Mumbai were flourishing.. the RICH were quickly borrowing from the west .. and building rather lavish Art Deco buildings to live in.
Also the ROYAL families of princely states made modern homes in the city to entertain their guests.
Added to this STARS of the new and glamorous FILM industry sought to build homes stylish and elegant !
Soon Marine drive, the Oval …became the hub of so called Bombay Art Deco!!
Balustrades/ wrought iron/ balconies/ porticos…you name it…
It’s all over the place !!!
Historical .. as constructed in year of our INDEPENDANCE…..1947
No rocket science then ….the name Liberty!
Though Mood in Mumbai is something like this…
Support , maintain , rejuvenate our buildings!
Long live Bombay Art DECO!
Long live Mumbai !!!