I.- Art Déco
Originated in France, Art Déco was an eclectic style that emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming the western world, embracing traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. It flourished internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II.
The first use of the term Art Déco has been attributed to architect Le Corbusier, who wrote a few articles in his journal L’Esprit nouveau under the headline 1925 Expo: Arts Déco referring to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts).
However, the term Art Déco did not became popular until 1966, when a French exhibition celebrating the 1925 event was held under the title Les Années 25: Art Déco/Bauhaus/Stijl/Esprit Nouveau. It was used to distinguish the new styles of French decorative crafts that had emerged since the Belle Epoque and this term has been applied since then to a wide variety of works produced during the Interwar period and even to those of the Bauhaus art school in Germany.
The conceptualization and design of our Metropolis fine jewelry collection, that combines sterling silver, anodized titanium and gemstones, has required a significant research effort. Considering that we have a soft spot for the Bauhaus art school, we could not ignore its footprint in Fritz Lang’s cult movie Metropolis.
I.- Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar
Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar, commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was an art school in Germany. Founded by architect Walter Gropius with a a pragmatic approach to integrating theory and praxis, the main objective of the Bauhaus was to merge traditional arts and crafts with modern technologies; this is, the creation of a ‘total’ work of art in which all artistic disciplines would eventually be brought together.