Thanks to the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic retelling of F Scott Fitzgerald the Great Gatsby, all things 1920s related are enjoying a much deserved revival and one of the most recognisable features of the era is the Art Deco design style.
Art Deco first appeared in France during the 1920s then spread across the world in 30s and 40s. An eclectic style, Art Deco combines traditional craft motifs with imagery and materials from the modern commercial and industrial world.
The style is known for its bold colours, geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation. Designers and architects were inspired by jazz music, skyscrapers, sunbursts, fountains, speed, power and ancient Egyptian and Central American imagery.
Why not live out your Flapper fantasies at one of these ritzy Art Deco destinations…
With over 500 years’ of history, Havana, Cuba displays a variety of diverse architectural styles from 16th century castle to modern day office blocks.The Art Deco movement first hit Havana in 1927 in the residential area of Miramar and it soon sprung up in the wealthy suburbs of Marianao, and Vedado.
One of the finest surviving examples is the landmark Bacardi Building
Burgh Island Hotel
Burgh Island Hotel is an iconic Devon landmark, a shining white ocean liner, moored on its own tidal island, surrounded by golden beaches and silver seas.
Built in 1929, extended in 1932 and, since 2006, completely restored to its ’30s glamour, the Burgh Island Hotel is a retreat like none other.
The beauty and intrigue of an island visit has always drawn guests who are looking for something different. It is no surprise that Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and other pre-War luminaries made Burgh Island their second home.
Art Deco Bed-and Breakfast: Le Macassar
At the very heart of where World War I’s Battle of Somme took place is the small town of Corbie. Within it is the extraordinary Le Macassar, a six-room B and B that is a virtual art deco museum. As British owner and art deco collector Ian Nelmes says, “This part of the world has some remarkable deco architecture given the amount of rebuilding that went on after the end of the first world war.” This house in particular, owned by the same family till the 1970s, has stayed in remarkably good shape.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
For more than 140 years the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes has been graced by the quintessential symbol of exquisite hospitality… the enigmatic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
Created and maintained by true artisans, this exclusive sanctuary has forever captivated the most discerning of hotel guests… its idyllic charm and incomparable elegance providing the perfect setting for cherished moments and unforgettable memories.
From the 1920s to the ‘30s the carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express played a significant role in the golden age of travel.
Today, every carriage has been lovingly restored to its former glory, recreating one of the finest luxury experiences the world has ever known.
Runs different routes, including one from Paris to Istanbul, which takes six days. Vintage carriages include tulip lights by Lalique as well as mahogany paneling inlaid with marquetry patterns.