Art Van Does Art Deco, Gatsby-Style

“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”

This is what Jay Gatsby tells his friend Nick Carraway as the pair discusses Gatsby’s plan to reunite with his love Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book The Great Gatsby.

While Gatsby didn’t exactly repeat the past with Daisy, you can repeat it by incorporating the look of The Great Gatsby in your home with some Art Deco-inspired pieces from Art Van Furniture. A design style born in France in the ‘20s and all the rage until the post World War II era, Art Deco is a rich look with polished hardwoods and lacquer finishes. Its signature feel has sleek curves and simple lines, accented with neutral colors, geometric patterns and touches of metal.

You don’t have to do an entire Gatsby-inspired room – although it would be fabulous – the style complements contemporary, traditional and casual homes. This summer, consider incorporating one of these Gatsby-esque pieces into your home:

max accent chair

A Sleek Accent Chair

A martini will taste better when you’re relaxing in a sleek chair like our Max Accent Chair. The soft curves of its back and arms are signature Art Deco. The polycover, which is available in Molasses, Quarry, Taupe, Peanut, Dove and Chili, is durable and affordable. With a slight sheen, it reflects the light and adds a touch of glamour to your room. Use one or a pair in your living room or master suite.

kyle clay rug 

A Geometric- Patterned Rug

The geometric patterns that were hallmark of the Art Deco look added a sense of boldness to a room. The Kyle Clay Collection Rug – featuring an oval design in brown, gold and cream tones – is a great example of Art Deco drama. It would add wow factor to a foyer as well as to a living room, and sets the stage for an elegant affair.

troy tableA Black Cocktail Table

Rich, dark wood was a staple in Art Deco design, and the Troy Oval Cocktail Table is a great example of the look. Featuring an ebony finish and smoked glass inset top, the table is simple in style yet striking in effect. This powerful piece would be stunning with a white leather or grey upholstered sofa.

Avenue Floor Lamp

An Ornate Lamp

Accessories in an Art Deco room have details that provide a layer of complexity to the streamlined furnishings. This Metal Floor Lamp is very Gatsby. Featuring two ornate curved arms and simple glass shades, it is grounded by its a dark bronze finished base.

 round mirror

A Round Mirror

There’s something so chic about a round-framed mirror. Dramatic yet simple, it provides a modern but timeless detail to any room. This round beveled mirror with its ribbed gold leaf finished frame would add a touch of glimmer to a living room, foyer or hall. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to a vanity in an Art Deco inspired dressing room.


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