Recreate the Art Deco style of the early 20th Century with our step-by-step guide. Begin by choosing a colour palette, fonts and border style - and then move on to more advanced techniques.

1900s elements: Art Noveau

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau emerged in Europe in the late 1880s and became a universal design style. Encompassing architecture, interiors, product design, and graphics, Art Nouveau rejected historicism and took its inspiration from natural forms to create organic foliate designs and curvilinear motifs.

Some of the most original artists and type designers emerged during the Belle Époque, including Alphonse Mucha, Georges Auriol, and Émile Gallé. Their typefaces included vignettes and ornaments used to embellish the page.

Art Nouveau used a simplified figurative style of illustration encompassing mannered figures, floral motifs, whiplash lines, hyperbolas, and parabolas of line, drawn with characteristic heavy outlines.

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Revue L’Ermitage, Paul Berthon, 1897
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