Art Deco first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. Art Deco was a globally popular style and affected many areas of design. It was used widely in consumer products such as automobiles, furniture, cookware, china, textiles, jewelry, clocks, and electronic items such as radios, telephones, and jukeboxes. It also influenced architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion, graphic arts, and cinema.
Many Art Deco Structures survived around the world. North America has some beautiful Survivor samples: The Empire State Building(1929);Fisher Building in Detroit, Michigan(1928);Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto(1931);Princes’ Gates, Toronto(1927); Royal Ontario Museum(1933 East Wing).
Murano’s glassmakers led Europe for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enameled glass, glass with threads of gold, multicolored glass, milk glass, and imitation gemstones made of glass. In the 1920s Muranese glass-making positively felt the changes in the international artistic world to a greater extent than had been the case in the pre-war period. In the 1930s and 1940s with its preciosity and decorative fancies, Murano glass products met Art Deco. The handicraft of production continued to characterize the Muranese glass-works in the 30’s and 40’s. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing their centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.
Murano glass items create a vivacious, luxury character. Many people purchase Murano glass for its aesthetic value, but also for its historical art significance. During the mid century period from the 1940′s through the 1960′s when Murano Art Glass was at its height, much of the glass from this era is sought after. Collecting Murano is a rewarding hobby, which can be passed on from generation to generation much like the techniques and traditions of the Murano Maestro!