Century of machines, jazz and arts
Close your eyes for a minute and try to imagine the abstract concept of "design" in shipbuilding, but not in an industrial or fairytale sense, but in the context of our publication - imagine your ideal yacht. What associations first come to your mind when you think about yachts? What do you feel? What do you see? What size is your imaginary ideal ship? Where are you going? Who is next to you? And, most importantly, what does your ideal yacht look like from the outside and from the inside.
If you did not violate the terms and did not begin to imagine a tanker or a pirate galleon, it is very likely that your ideal yacht has an ultra-modern laconic outline of a body of impeccable aerodynamic shape with a mass of chrome parts, and the interior design of the rooms with some elements resembles the interiors of the famous ocean liners of the past - Île de France, Normandie, Titanic, Queen Mary - many different sources of light and shiny details, laconicism and expensive furniture materials, refined and magnificent m decor decoration. Style for those who are not interested in boring minimalism and dusty classics. The ideal atmosphere for luxurious rest, bliss, complete relaxation and carefree fun - you imagine an ideal yacht.
All these attributes are mainly inherent in one of the most refined and attractive styles of the twentieth century - a style called art deco (or art deco, which literally translates as "decorative art", from the name of the Paris exhibition Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes 1925). Light, elegant, and at the same time filled with dense colors, strict lines and calibrated symmetry - this was the result of a splendid art deco reflecting the special mood and way of life that appeared in the West after the asceticism and limitations brought by the First World War and the Russian Revolution.
This flow in the visual and decorative arts, first originating in France, in the 1930s-1940s became popular already on an international scale, and manifested itself in all spheres: architecture, fashion and painting. Art Deco is an eclectic style that is a synthesis of modernism and neoclassicism. The Art-Deco style was significantly influenced by such artistic trends as Cubism, Constructivism, Futurism and Fauvism. Art Deco easily and naturally connected the eastern exotics, historical motifs, the latest technology, expensive materials and contemporary art. In this original and bold style, super-modern materials and strict lines are organically combined with ornate traditional ornaments of the Aztecs, Mayans and ancient Egyptians. All the mood of Art Deco, which has mixed in itself so many contradictory, at first glance, but bright and luxurious things, simply screams that life is beautiful. Creators and Art Deco fans happily plunged into the new world of this pompous extravagance - they experienced euphoria from the coming era of prosperity, enjoying every minute of their beautiful life.
The direction in the style that developed in parallel with the Art Deco was Stream-line Moderne - the American direction of Art Deco. In the streamline modernity, the influence of industrial aerodynamic technologies is noticeably felt, and the mood brought by Americans who did not feel the tragedy of the First World War brings the style to a new level. Streamline modern is even brighter, it resists pragmatism and cultivates sophistication, shocking the viewer with external effects and extravagance, which manifests itself in a manner that is easy to spend huge money and luxuriantly entertain. Cocktails, jazz and fast shiny Art Deco cars brought from America to London, Paris and Milan a sense of completeness and endless celebration. And although Europe was soon overtaken by new political and military conflicts, and America - the Great Depression, only the entry of the United States into World War II and fashion, which is not given to one style for a long time, could muffle the energy of art deco.
Over time, a new, modernist view of architecture and things spread, and the splendor of Art Deco began to seem superfluous and even indecent. Style gradually evolved towards functionalism. In colonial countries, such as India, Art Deco opened the way to modernism and did not disappear until the 1960s. And in the 1980s the art deco revived, like the golden Phoenix, and again became popular almost everywhere, it was again used in jewelry and fashion.
In its heyday, the Art Deco style was so popular that it absorbed all areas of design, from industrial to utilitarian. He had a strong influence on architecture, interior design, fashion and cinema. In the 1930s, art deco was widely used to design stations, ocean liners, cars, furniture, dishes, porcelain, textiles, jewelry, watches, and in the development of technical devices - radio, telephones and jukeboxes. Designers began to actively use in the interior design metal parts made of stainless steel, aluminum, brass and silver, as well as decorated furniture made of red and black wood with enamel and mother-of-pearl, made elements of ivory and leather of exotic animals and even fish. In the Art Deco style, yachts are often decorated: ovals and circles in ornaments, so beloved by this style, as well as streamlined forms of furniture as if created for the yacht's decor, because they are so organically combined with the forms of its exterior.
Today, the superyachts designed in the modern interpretation of art deco are created by many manufacturers. For example, the yacht '11 .11 'Benetti shipyard, which was recognized as the owner of the best design in 2016. Its interior was created with a special attention to the smallest details, after all the owner of the yacht - the British businessman, the creator of outstanding projects in the field of innovative design, was personally engaged in it. Made in beige, dark brown, white and cream shades that blend harmoniously with the magnificent materials and handmade interior items, the '11 .11 'interior immerses the guests of this superyacht at the same time in an atmosphere of family comfort and in a world of unique art deco luxury, .
The Manifiq yacht of the Mondomarine shipyard, the work of the architects Cor D. Rover Design and the decorators of the Luca Dini Design studio is a compact shiny floating palace with a bar, swimming pool, several living rooms, lounge areas and a spacious cinema.
Art deco style here is clearly read in contrasts of dark wood, light fabrics and Italian marble, and the main salon of this superyacht is decorated with details from Italian antique mirror glass.
Yacht 'Amaryllis' from the shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen (the work of the brilliant designer Raymond Langton) is another superyacht made in the Art Deco style. The designer decorated the main salon of this yacht with panels of rare sycamore wood, made to order, as well as a large number of sources of explicit and hidden lighting. Furniture made of ebony and warm colors in which the interiors of this luxurious vessel are created create an ideal relaxation atmosphere after an active day on the water. 'Amaryllis' is a real work of art with a lot of impeccable design solutions and a perfect example of a modern reading of the Art Deco style. Thus, we see that even after almost a hundred years from the day of its appearance, the modernized but preserved its unique spirit of art deco shows itself as an absolutely timeless and invariably luxurious style.
Leading interior designers predict that in 2018 the most relevant will be a combination of art deco and the style of the 1980s. At first glance, this may seem strange, but in fact it is absolutely not surprising, because eclecticism is an art deco base of the 30s of last century. In addition, these two very different styles are very similar in appearance: both practice straight, straight lines, large geometric shapes, bright open colors, actively use mirrors and shiny polished surfaces. The new fashionable style of 2018 does not yet have its own name and has not even found any clear outlines - but it will be even more interesting to stand at the roots of the birth of a new trend in interior art and create it yourself using the most beautiful and colorful things from the past. After all, any new style somehow absorbs something from the previous ones - the main thing is to competently combine the incongruous, as it turned out for the masters of the luxurious Art Deco.