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Go for Art Deco glamour

15 June 2013 8.19pm.

I was recently asked to design an Art Deco-inspired Prosecco bar for the Glasgow Restaurant Association so I looked up all my favourite designs from this period as well as eagerly awaiting the new Gatsby film.

I had to create an atmosphere of Deco glamour but one that would fit the huge expanses of Glasgow’s SECC exhibition spaces. I’m an interior design ambassador at the Ideal Home Show Scotland from May 24-27 alongside George Clarke, Diarmuid Gavin, Amanda Lamb and Gregg Wallace. It’s a show not to be missed and what better way to while away some time than chilling with glass of Prosecco?

Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the ’30s and ’40s, then waned after the Second World War. It is an eclectic style often characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.

During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour and exuberance.

The new Tivoli range of wallcoverings from zoffany.com details this period perfectly and encompasses the more ornate level of Art Deco.

You can easily create the look by adopting a black, white and silver palette and adding Deco flourishes. I used this style of wallpaper as my starting point then added Deco-inspired monographic stripes. White tables add that feeling of fine dining and simple black chairs set the scene. As this is an exhibition space and needs the wow factor I designed roof-mounted fringe faux lights to bring the ceiling level down — fringing in lights and ceiling fittings as well as upholstery was big in Deco home decor.

I was also inspired by Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery and Rogano restaurants in Glasgow! You can create Art Deco in bling form by using mirror tiles to lift the light levels and give sparkle. A great way of adding more detail is simply to bring in banks of Kentia palms that also evoke the atmosphere of lazy, hazy and crazy days of Deco summer living!