1.26.2006

Art-deco, and Mid Century Modern

I was talking to a co-worker yesterday, and we were both commiserating over the fact that we had both wanted to be architects when we were younger and neither of us pursued it at all. Then we were talking about design styles and places where one could see interesting things. The conversation turned towards art deco, and he was asking what years the "art deco" period refers to, and I explained that it was an overlapping time with Mid Century modern, and just as there are particluar enclaves where one can view entire neighborhoods of Mid Century Modern design, there are also areas where one can observe Art Deco style in similar conditions. I have posted links to one of each, if you care at all.

Mid Century Modern:
http://www.milehimodern.com/

Art Deco:
There are, in fact, many "design districts" in Miami. The new Design District should be considered the "Interior Design District." The historic Deco buildings in South Beach can be designated as the "Architectural Design District." Extending all along the beachfront is a flesh-worshipping "Body Design District." The Lincoln Road stretch of South Beach might be called the "Demotic, or Popular Design District." This street was redesigned by legendary architect Morris Lapidus in the '50s, replacing the highway and cars with plants, fountains, sculpture and caf├ęs. The mix of fashion, food, furnishings, accessories and international character provides more diversity than can be found on any other six blocks in the United States. World-class independent stores like Base and restaurants like Pacific Time give the area its panache, and the architectural restrictions give the area its authenticity. Click here to see more of Lincoln Road.

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