The design of the Art Deco sofa varies greatly from the club lounge style, to the tubular steel or chrome frame.
Both types can add style and sophistication to your living room, but you need to decide what kind of look you are going for.
The two sofas on this page would be really comfortable, and look superb with a soft, patterned interior, with warm colours and soft lighting. The two tone caramel shade sofa has quite a linear form, and is typical of gentleman's club type seating.
The leather covering would be very durable, but not as soft and warm as a fabric upholstery. Many sofas of this type are being restored and re-covered these days, so it's worth getting one updated to match your colour scheme.
The leather sofa pictured here was part of a three piece suite I saw in an auction house in Sydney and it was estimated at $150. So you would have plenty in the budget left for restoration, and you could finish up with a really unique piece that none of your friends would have!
The grey and ruby red sofa is part of a suite in an Art Deco house open to the public in the Blue Mountains and is the sort which you would have seen in many a home throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
Art Deco sofas of the more modernist kind were first made by the Swiss
architect Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, whose Barcelona chair is
still made today. For images of their furniture and more ideas for your
interior design, have a look at my Art Deco Furniture page.
Interestingly, these modernist designs did not come later than the high end Art Deco furniture made by such makers as Ruhlmann and Sue et Mare in Paris and who Le Corbusier described as “the antique lovers”, but appeared at the 1925 "Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes".
Modernist tubular steel furniture was influenced by the Bauhaus designers such as Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer and made by many Art Deco furniture designers, including Eileen Gray, Paul Frankl, Wolfgang Hoffman, Donald Deskey and others. Lots of tubular furniture was made in the 1930s which wasn't attributed to any particular designer, but was mass produced and sold through department stores.
Many of the designs have endured and are still reproduced to this day. Chrome and steel framed furniture was usually covered with leather, often in black, red, or white, and sometimes with exotic animal skins. These pieces still look fantastic in modern, minimalist interiors, which is why they are still so much in demand today.If you are lucky, you will be able to find an amazing Art Deco sofa in your local area.
selected some from Ebay USA, UK and Australia. To narrow down your
search and save on shipping costs, when you get onto the Ebay search
results, go down the left hand side of the page to location – you can
enter your postcode and how far you are prepared to travel. Courier
costs are sometimes not as expensive as you might expect, so do some
research, and it might be worth getting a sofa delivered from a distance
if it is cheap enough.
Bargains can be had, as furniture is more difficult to sell online because of transport costs. Be warned though, a lot of sellers are describing furniture which is not Art Deco as such.
For more Art Deco living room furniture, visit:
Art Deco Armchairs
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