Art deco offices

What woods/timbers are your favourites? Which ones appeal to you most?

Some like mahogany. My husband’s aunt goes made for kauri or baltic pine. Loads of timber craftsmen I know love sassafras. A lot of Chinese prefer cherry rosewood.

Me, I love birds’ eye or sugar maple. I love the pale, almost yellow honey timber with the knots and grain shows. Most often found in expensive art deco furniture, like this piece:

Love the knobs too. How unusual. Art deco knobs should definitely come back into vogue.

If I had my way again, I’d be very tempted to decorate my home entirely in high art deco style with pale timbers. First appearing in France, it made its way to London and that’s the period I like; the 1920s to early 30s. Much like Wooster‘s house in English series Jeeves and Wooster.

Art deco furniture I find very tactile, very sexy and very showy of the craftwork and the skill of the woodworker. It’s either all about all-curves or all-boxy-lines. Motifs repeat. Like that dresser above, the knobs and trim feature highly in the overall look. It’s all deliberate. Nothing’s there just because of function.

In my inspiration file I have an magazine tear out from Period Home Renovator 9 years ago about a house in Melbourne that was restored to its art deco style (more accurately, streamline moderne) and I still love it.

Art deco bedroom in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Art deco bedroom in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Peek into art deco built in bookcases in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Peek into art deco built in bookcases in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Dining room with art deco dining suite in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Dining room with art deco dining suite in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Curved walls and art deco screen door in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Curved walls and art deco screen door in apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, scanned from Period Home Renovator magazine

Photos taken from my magazine tear out, Period Home Renovator

I wrote recently about my newly installed home office/study in our guestroom but have since found it highly impractical for privacy (files are in full view of guests when they use the guestroom!) and practicality (I am a graphic designer using the too-small-area desktop of a secretaire). I need a desk and more storage space for filing and supplies. Once Jasmine reaches 6 months old and moves into her own room, the plan is to move my home office into one end of our long bedroom…

It would be so cool to be able to have one corner of the house completely dedicated to high art deco. I considered an art-deco-esque home office. Much like one of these spaces:

A high art deco office with curved birds eye maple chairs

A high art deco office with curved birds eye maple chairs, via

here

Superb art deco office with desk, chair and maple lined walls, via Art Deco Weddings

Superb art deco office with desk, chair and maple lined walls, via Art Deco Weddings

High art deco pieces are not cheap these days. I think because there aren’t many desk furniture around to be snapped up (certainly not in Australia) and that high art deco pieces usually require space.

Imagine being able to move into this space and building an art deco surrounding:

Beautiful art deco apartment, Flickr.

Beautiful art deco apartment, Flickr.

I love the sculptural window and textural parquet flooring of this apartment. The one thing about art deco apartments like these is you simply cannot have another style messing with it. No French Provincial or Shabby Chic or Industrial Vintage to mar the beauty of the Art Deco!

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