What's the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco?
And let’s not forget Art Deco. Often confused with Art Nouveau, the two types of architecture are certainly not interchangeable. In fact, Art Deco style emerged in the years between the World Wars. One of the first true, worldwide styles, examples can be found from New York to New Zealand.
Art Deco architecture is more streamlined than its predecessor, but with bold, geometric shapes. Think The Great Gatsby. The great skyscrapers in New York from the 1930s are all examples of Art Deco. Making use of chrome plating and stainless steel, the facades were free of the elaborate ornamentation that defined the Art Nouveau. The style, which flourished in the 1920s and 1930s, also incorporated design elements from Egyptian, Asian and Pre-Columbian architecture.