Interior design: 20th century

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In the years that followed the First World War, the Modernist movement, established in Paris, was seeking to reject excessive ornamentation of the past in favour of new ideas and cutting-edge technology that could improve the quality of life.

Modernist architects and designers included Le Corbusier and Ernö Goldfinger.

Modernism was not the only new design movement that had seen Paris at its centre. Around 1900, various French artists and architects formed an informal collective who went on to influence the development of Art Deco.

Among its sources were the popular interest in Ancient Egypt that was spawned by archaeological discoveries of the time, and also the Machine Age and its technology, including electric lighting, aviation, skyscrapers and ocean liners, with its streamlined designs and geometric motifs.  

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