"Every stick of furniture sniffs: drop dead," according to the original appeal of deco to class, not mass. There's an exhibit opening at the Met in New York of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann who epitomized the neo-classical wave that crashed upon French art in the years after World War I.
Deco happens to be a favorite - so if there are any NYC Phoblog readers who check this out - let me know. I'll be headed to the SF Deco exhibit this weekend . . . .
Deco says so much about changing society - besides being beautiful, it's tailor-made for armchair art musings on form and function. Good stuff.