Art deco clocks are a great addition to any home, as it lends a semi-classic appeal while being reminiscent of great time periods in history, such as the “Roaring Twenties,” largely due to the influence of these time periods on the development of the art form. Whereas many design movements have been influenced by philosophy or politics, art deco was one movement that was purely decorative, and has been considered functional, elegant, and somewhat modern. It would also be necessary if you are going for an art deco look in your home, although the design movement may actually encompass many other specific types of art movements.
The term art deco refers to an international design movement that grew in popularity beginning from the middle of the 1920s up to World War II. It influenced many design and art disciplines such as interior design, architecture, graphic arts, film, painting, and fashion. In a sense, art deco refers to a wide range of different styles of art during the early 20th century. Under its umbrella, there are many specific streams of art design, such as futurism, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, modernism, cubism, constructivism, and neoclassical. This means that, when you look for art deco clocks, you actually have a very wide range of items to choose from.
What distinguishes art deco clocks from other designs? The following are the main characteristics of art deco design:
- Art deco design has geometric shapes as its very foundation. Cubism is a strong strain of art deco, and other popular themes include zigzags, trapezoids, and even jumbled shapes. This means that, if you are looking for a clock to fit into an art deco themed room, you will do well to find a clock with a relatively dramatic use of shapes and designs. Some vintage alarm clocks may actually come from that time period, and you will do well to learn how to maintain and use them properly.
- Art deco is a result of various influences. Whereas many people have differing opinions about art deco, the consensus is that it is a design that is stylish and elegant, with modernism being greatly influenced by many other sources that may be more traditional in form, such as the primitive peoples of Africa and Mayan designs originating from Central America. It may also be influenced by major technologies of the time period, such as radio, electric lighting, skyscraper buildings, aviation, and ocean liners. Knowing this, you can actually opt to get a normal-looking clock like the Infinity Instruments Precedent Wall Clock and add your own artistic touches, and voila! You will have a clock in art deco design to go with the rest of your room interior design.
- Items with art deco design usually use artificial materials such as stainless steel, glass, aluminum, inlaid wood, and lacquer. This means you can actually look for relatively affordable clocks made of stainless steel, and it will fit right in with your art deco-themed bedroom.
- Dramatic designs are also common. For example, sweeping curves and the sunburst motif are commonly found in art deco designs. In this case, the Infinity Instruments Province Wall Clock, with its Fleur de Lis design, may very well sit comfortably among other art deco pieces.
Although art deco as a movement was widespread, it started to decline slowly in the West, as people started to see it as a gaudy and misrepresentation of luxury. Of course, it was probably the Second World War that fully brought its demise. Interestingly, in many colonial countries like the Philippines and India, it still remained well-used up to the 1960s. In fact, by the 1980s, there was a resurging interest in the art form as far as graphic design went, influencing fashion and jewelry. Part of this resurgence also came in the form of a classic retro look.
These revivals of art deco may be the reason why many art deco clocks can still be found today even without really being vintage. You can see the influences of the design movement even on modern technology, so if you are looking for art deco clocks, you can actually purchase one that is relatively modern but comes with the look of classic elegance that is characteristic of the art deco movement.