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Geometric lines became inherent to the Art Deco design. Objects were simpler than earlier, more decadent styles such as the art of art nouveau. Lines streamlined and elegant in their angular forms and unnatural vibrant colors. Thus, the human home reflected the idealized human form of the era. Greater standardization also made primitive designs more important, as they could be factory generated. (Collectics, 2004)

The influence of art deco's primitivism and standardization of design can be seen as late as Andy Warhol's stress upon standardization and form over detail and embedded meaning.

Repetition of stylized images, much as with hieroglyphics, communicates meaning rather than a clear delineation of the individual style (The Andy Warhol Museum, 2002) However, the style still possessed some aspects of creativity and individualism -- cubism, in the works of Picasso, showed how stylized images could communicate powerful meanings and images in his works such as "Guernica." There was also an intellectual aspect to the rise of art deco. For instance, yet another reason for the stress upon Egyptian stylization during the era was historical -- King Tut's tomb was opened in 1922. (Art Deco, Antique Jewelry Online, 2004)

Today, the exterior and interior of Chrysler Building in New York City skyline exists as a reminder of the influence of Egypt on art deco designs. The structure's ornamental gargoyles and silver spires reminiscent of giant sunbeams harkens the popular Art Deco theme that reflected the Egyptian stress upon sun death and refers directly to the sun god's death and rebirth in Egyptian cosmology. Thus, so long as these structures remain around us, the influence of art deco will resonate in our contemporary culture, as it continues to affect young artists today. "In fact, many of the most famous designs of the 20th century were designed in the Deco style." Such designs include Rockefeller Center, the Golden Gate Bridge, movie theaters, gas stations, bus stations, diners, the S.S. Normandie, Greyhound buses, Air-King radios, and the Electrolux vacuum cleaner. Designers of Art Deco furniture embellished and sometimes entirely covered their pieces in exotic materials such as mother-of-pearl, sharkskin, snakeskin, gold and silver leaf, crushed eggshell lacquer and ivory. These materials usually formed some type of pattern such as flowers or a geometric motif." As the Egyptian sun god died and was reborn in perpetuity, in the beauty of his unnaturalness, so the Egyptian influence on art and interior design is reformulated and reborn in contemporary art motifs.

Works Cited

The Andy Warhol Museum. 2002. http://www.geocities.com/warholmuseum/index.html

Art Deco." Antique Jewelry Online. 2004. Antique Jewelry Online.com

Art Deco: Architecture." Retropolis. 2004

http://www.retropolis.net/history.html

Collectics. "Art Deco Design -- History of Collectibles." 2004. http://www.collectics.com/education_deco.html

Pile, John. History of Interior Design. 2nd Edition. New York: Wiley Publishers, July 2004.