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. It represented a departure from the ornate styles of the past, emphasizing sleek lines, geometric shapes, and a celebration of new materials and technologies.

The movement embraced a variety of materials, including exotic woods, lacquer, glass, chrome, and leather. High-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail were paramount. The use of rich materials and finishes, such as macassar ebony, ivory, and mother-of-pearl inlays, contributed to the opulence of its designs. 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.

French Art Deco had a significant impact not only in France but also internationally. Its influence extended to the United States, where it left a lasting mark on both design and architecture. It continued to be a source of inspiration in interior designs into the 21st century. Its legacy can also be seen in the lasting allure of its iconic creations.

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