First of all – a quick art lesson for those not so familiar with the subject. Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War. I Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. Its signature elements included bold geometric forms and bright colors. It featured rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory, and exquisite craftsmanship.
Art Deco has had a major influence in Shanghai starting from the 1930s at the peak of its Concession-era building boom. This city boasts one of the most extensive Art Deco landscapes in the world, and is home to the most number of Art Deco-inspired buildings in Asia. Did you know that according to shanghaiartdeco.net database, there are… 236 Art Deco buildings in Shanghai?!
In this post we will focus on5 Art Deco Apartment buildings in the Former French Concession, with some seriously blood curdling background!