Two of the most distinctive styles of the 20th century were Art Deco and Modernism.
Art Deco and Modernist style at a glance incorporated: an emphasis on clean lines, light and space, simplicity and practicality; use of modern materials such as aluminium, chrome, lacquer and inlaid woods; accents of bold colour within white and cream decorated rooms; innovative designs for lighting and wall and ceiling light fittings; abstract designs for carpets, fabrics and wallpapers; and design motifs including geometric shapes, ‘stepped’ forms and chevron patterns.
Designed in the 1920s for Rupert D’Oyle Carte, the house contains distinctive Art Deco decoration, furniture, fixtures and fittings within an Arts and Crafts exterior. The light, stylish rooms evoke the sense of the era with music echoing the family’s Gilbert and Sullivan connections.
Designed in 1937 in a radical Modernist style by architect Patrick Gwynne, the house is an early example of the influence of continental avant garde. It includes a striking spiral staircase, built-in furniture and sliding doors concealing features such as the gramophone and drinks cabinet, and stylish finishes of marble and tiny glass wall tiles.
This is the unique and influential Modernist home built by leading architect of the era, Ernö Goldfinger, for his family in 1939. It includes many items of furniture that he designed along with art works by Henry Moore and Max Ernst.
The Tudor period was an age of prosperity, often resulting in lavishly built and decorated houses. We look after some beautiful examples, including Montacute House, Somerset, and Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire.