Art Deco furniture makes your house look like a Metropolis set

Art Deco is a futuristic style from the early twentieth century that influenced the design of everything from buildings to science fiction movies. And when you look at these pieces of Art Deco furniture, you'll see why.

A custom daybed with bookshelves from the New York apartment of composer and pianist George Gershwin

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An American full-size bed from the early 1930s

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The Art Deco-styled Luxor Arm Chair, available from Pacific Green

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A Burled Elm Dressing Table, c. 1912

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A maple wood console table with steel knobs

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A half-moon grand piano, with star-patterned veneer in figured maple, inlay banding in satinwood and ebony, produced by Strohmenger, c. 1930

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A lighted vanity mirror

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A clock with a figure of a female dancer on an inlaid onyx and marble base

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A chair, designed by Gertrude Maud Goldsmith in 1927

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Leather lounge chairs

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A French Mahogany sideboard with marble top, c. 1940

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A bakelite table lamp, 1929

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A German dressing table with mirror, 1928

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A bronze candle holder

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A sideboard with foldout guest bed by Steel's London, 1935

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A French "Les Vignes" chandelier

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A Thonet table, Austria, 1928

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A Schneider chandelier

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A red sideboard from France, c. 1930

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A Cantilever Lloyd Loom chair, designed by Lusty and Sons Ltd., England, 1935

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A Light Fixture from the 1920s

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A Wall Clock from Germany, 1925

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An Italian Art Deco mirrored vanity from the 1920s

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A shelf clock from Germany, 1930

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Sideboards by Rudolf Vichr, Czechoslovakia, 1930

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ohnobeesafraidofbees

Art deco can be startlingly futuristic. It shouldn't be surprising, as it hails from the era that birthed nuclear energy, electronics, and notions of attainable space travel. This building was built in 1939, but it looks like something that's still a few years into our own future:

Picture that with Hitler's Luftwaffe storming the horizon, 1940's fashions, and stodgy pre-war pontoon-fendered automobiles. Deco is very much not retro.