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With a world war, a depression that gutted its economy, and a global flu pandemic that killed 675,000 Americans, the early 20th century was a dark period in America’s history.
Such is the notion that when you’re engulfed in darkness you tend to chase the light. So when our country’s slump ended, it entered a time of booming economy and prosperity known as the Roaring ’20s. This breath-of-fresh-air decade brought us flappers, jazz, and art deco style—a zany design movement recognized by its geometric shapes, shiny surfaces, and bold colors.
Today, designers and consumers alike are looking at the current climate and trying to navigate what’s on the horizon aesthetically. With our own pandemic (hopefully) on its way out, there are stirrings of a rebirth of the joyful and courageous