Describing Deco

As many of you know, I’ve been on a quest to both define and refine the subgenre ‘decopunk’ for some time now. My story in progress, “Beauty In The Bones”, has come a long way in this, and now I have a new short in the works, “The Envy Of Angels”, which is expanding the concept further. It’s been a challenge to find the right words and descriptors to properly capture such a unique aesthetic, but I’ve collected a list, which has been helpful. Here it is, in all its wordiness. If anyone has anything to add to this, please let me know!

Art Deco Characteristics. Materials, and Patterns

aerodynamic

absorbing

adroit

arc

arched

aggressive

angular

aesthetic

alabaster

atmospheric

alternating

astonishing

avant-garde

angular

assertive

aluminum

abstract

asymmetrical

balanced

branching

bold

brass

bronze

banded

bright

bakelite

blocky

carved

corrugated

chic

checkered

cornice

classic

curves

clean

continuous

curl

chevrons

complementary

contemporary

complex

conceptual

cubism

chrome

contrasts

concrete

circular

convex

collage

cartouche

crystal

columns

concave

decorative

daring

dazzling

delicate

dense

detailed

dimensional

diagonal

disruptive

distinctive

distinct

distinguished

divine

diverse

dreamlike

dynamic

defined

dominant

eclectic

embellishment

elaborate

emphatic

embossed

emergent

energetic

exuberance

enameling

engaging

enigmatic

ethereal

edifice

eave

evocative

exotic

explosive

expressive

extreme

electric

ebony

elegant

faceted

facade

fascinating

figurative

fluting

fanned

furrowed

fluid

fresh

fresco

faith in progress

futuristic

functional

geometric

graceful

garish

gable

grooved

glamourous

gaudy

gilded

glass

glorified natural forms/bodies

hard-edged

horizontal

herringbone

impeccable

infused

ivory

intense

interlocking

intertwined

inscription

inlays

jagged

lacquer

luxurious

legendary

lavish

lissome

linear

labyrinthine

layered

luminous

lyrical

marquetry

manufactured

mass-produced

monumental

monolithic

metallic

marble

meandering

modern

motifs

mural

mosaic

mythical

new

orientalism

ornamental

octagonal

orderly

outlines

organic

polygons

paneling

pillar

pristine

punctured

pyramid

parallel

rectangular

rigorous

rectilinear

ridged

relief

repetitive

round

radiant

robust

ribbed

rigid

reeding

refined

rich

stylized

sculptural

stela

striped

sinuous

sparse

stimulating

stunning

striated

sublime

stylish

straight

symbolic

stepped

simple

smooth

slab

strong

symmetrical

stainless steel

stained glass

swirls

stucco

spherical

streamlined

stepped

striking

sweeping

sharp

spiral

shiny

serrated

sleek

synthetic

sunburst

triangular

toothed

trapezoids

terracotta

tiered

terraced

utilitarian

unconventional

varied

vivid

V-shapes

veneer

vertical

vitrolite

woven

zigzags

ziggurat

Author: Holly Gonzalez

At a young age, Holly began telling stories, dreaming up characters, and creating worlds. She writes speculative fiction, poetry, and children's books. During her school years, she won numerous writing contests and awards and was featured in her high school literary anthology. To date, she has self-published several short stories and poetry. Her current works-in-progress include a decopunk novel, and a weird western trilogy. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband, Stephen, and a facetious tuxedo cat named Vincent.

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