© Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / Photography: Denys Vinson

The evocative splendour of Art Déco not only continues to inspire the general public, but also many artists, designers and other creatives. Following the 1925 – When Art Deco Seduced the World exhibition in 2013, La Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, a government run museum, architecture centre, school, library, and archives centre rolled into one, officially inaugurates a new and related showcase today. Entitled Art Déco France-Amérique du Nord, the elaborate showcase explores the bustling mutual emulation between France and North America which began well before World War I with the training of many American architects at the prestigious Ecole nationale des beaux arts in Paris who would construct and fit out many new Art Déco-style buildings in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal.

Then, in Paris in 1925, with the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts taking place, sweeping many Americans who were looking for a new architectural trend off their feet with a whole new style and where Herbert Hoover, U.S. secretary of State for commerce and soon to be President, sent a delegation comprising of no less than 104 members. Curated by the venue’s chief curator Emmanuel Bréon and conservation officer Bénédicte Mayer, the exhibition presents a carefully selected range of artworks, fashion design, furniture pieces, industrial design, prints and drawings that shine a light on this very specific transatlantic cross pollination (on through Mar 6).

La Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre (Chaillot)
75116 Paris
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Wed 11am-7pm
Thu 11am-9pm
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© Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / Photography: Denys Vinson / Card of Henry Hohauser’s design of the Greystone Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida / Jacques Carlu’s drawing of the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, Indiana.