Art Deco is a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that developed during the 1930s and the 1940s. Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925.
Its designs initially associated with both luxury and modernity.
After the Great Depression, its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced pieces which ordinary people could afford.
Notable French furniture makers included Jacques Adnet, Pierre Chareau, Maurice Dufrêne, Jean Dunand, Jean-Michel Frank, Armand-Albert Ratteau, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Raymond Subes, Louis Süe… Some of them also designed entire interiors for their wealthy clients.
Art Deco continued to be a source of inspiration in interior designs into the 21st century.