Monday, December 20, 2010
KOZMA STYLE: FOLK DECO
(Pair of Rounded Cane-Back chairs, by Lajos Kozma: The recognizable bentwood design and old world caning method are quintessentially Kozma Deco.)
(Walnut Secretary with Starburst Inlay, by Lajos Kozma : The rounded corners, simplified lines and veneers with geometric shapes express the stylistic development from deco to Modernism.))
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The pre-eminent architect and designer of 20th century Hungarian Modernism, Lajos Kozma, was known for his distinctive deco style, inflected with abstract, indigenous folk motifs and nature-inspired themes. Predominately working with luxurious woods and employing old world methods such as the elaborate marquetry of local artisans in Budapest, Kozma's deco explored a native influence that was unlike the French and American counterparts. Often treating woods with polishes rather than lacquers, and opting to use natural elements in an era that celebrated the Machine Age, Kozma straddled the generations and perplexed his contemporaries with nature-loving forms rather than through the explicit use of man-made materials.
At Szalon Antiques in the famed La Cienega Design Quarter, their collection of Kozma Deco exhibits the works and themes of a designer who has been considered on par with Frank Lloyd Wright, and whom others have hailed as the Renaissance man of his era. As contemporary design moves more and more toward a green lifestyle,
a rediscovery of the nature-inspired themes of Kozma Deco may make for a unique, modern living space.
For more info about Kozma Deco, as well Szalon's complete collection of Modernist antiques, please visit: Szalon Antiques