The heyday decade for glamorous designs dreamt up by the new profession of interior designers, who were required to create fantasy rooms for lavish cocktail parties being the latest `must have` event. By the mid 1920`s bathroom decor had become a fashion statement but some designers were still taking their inspiration from the earlier Georgian and Victorian periods. But it was the new modernism movement and the creation of the Bauhaus school of art and design that shocked the world with its pared-down austere look and anti-glamorous design innovations. Many architects and designers turned in a different direction and took inspiration for their bathroom designs from the ultra-glamorous world of Hollywood and film. They began designing luxury objects for the home and bathroom, including more stylized taps, baths, towel rails, bathroom lights and mirrors. In the middle of the decade, art deco was showcased in Paris and became the major new style and would go on the dominate home design, interiors and subsequently bathrooms.
Although the decadent decade of the 1920`s started with great flair and hope it ended with the Wall Street Crash plunging America and consequently most of Europe into economic disaster resulting in the great depression.
Glamorous and sophisticated with geometric forms and angular shapes
Chrome, glass, glossy fabrics, styled bathroom mirrors and mirrored tiles
Stylized copied shapes taken from airplanes, cars, cruise liners and skyscrapers
1920`s designs included exotic touches from Egypt, Africa and the Orient with nature motifs commonly found.
Art deco, Bauhaus and Modernism.
Early Hollywood - the glamorous 1920`s world of the silver screen filtered through to bathroom designs. Cocktail cabinets and smoking paraphernalia became highly fashionable.
Tips & Tricks
Ceramics - Toilets & bidets should have bold shapes with strong angular lines bordering on the Deco and Modernism influence.
Furniture - Choose strong streamlined shapes for furniture, freestanding in single pieces rather than bathroom suites. Look for modern classics replicating original designs.
Floor - plain polished tiles are perfect for floors, abstract designs or black and white checkerboard tiles are also typical.
Colour schemes - Bold colours such as silver, black, chrome, and black and white. For real dramatic impact, black gloss bathroom ceramics as found in the Astoria deco collection can create an opulent and individual feel.
Lighting - lights featuring female figures holding the ball of the lamp are typical and also look for lots of chrome, a brand new material at the time, and glass. Glass may have been etched with strong angular shapes.
Walls - keep bathroom walls plain and free from decorative plaster work. Plain natural glossy tiles or metallic designs.
Bathroom accessories should have strong angular shapes with a mixture of metal and glass with touches of opulence.