Its name, Art-Deco, was given in 1966 by English historian Bevis Hillier, in reference to the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. Art-Deco style already appears in the 1910s in reaction to the organic exuberance of Art Nouveau which was slowly but surely turning towards more geometric forms.
First worldwide architectural movement, it matured in the 1920s, only declined with the start of World War II.
This style favors straight lines, rigor, perfectly round curves, symmetrical constructions, classic stylized elements, large living spaces, huge halls, massive materials often luxurious. Ornaments inspired by human forms, animals and plants are treated in a cubist way.
The influence of this initially architectural style was exerted in all forms of artistic and technical expressions. Fashion, furniture, upholstery, cars, household appliances,... saw their shapes adapt to Art Deco.
See below the most beautiful examples of Art-Deco architecture in Brussels
To learn all about Art Deco, visit the dedicated page on Wikipedia.