Last week we detailed some of the structures that have made Budapest a surprise destination with lovers of Art Deco architecture and interiors. This week we continue to look at photographs of the understated but striking examples of the style in and around the city, as documented and compiled by photographer Zoltán Bolla. Budapest is more famous for its examples of Art Nouveau style, which is more ornate and relies on warmer curved lines. Art Deco is less associated with Eastern And Central Europe, but is instead the reigning style of the 1900s in many countries of the 'West' including the US, where its influences were so varied as to include motifs from Native American decoration (I point this out, because though it's rare, you can find such motifs in Budapest as well). But still, Art Deco, though over-shadowed by Art Nouveau, has a place in Hungary, which also had an early 1900s design scene that took inspiration from the clean lines and angularity of the Bauhaus and Cubist movements.
Enjoy these wonderful examples of Art Deco in Budapest. For the complete collection have a look at Zoltán Bolla's two-volume book, which can be found at the link at the bottom of the page.
All photographs are used by permission of Zoltán Bolla, whose two volume A magyar art deco építészet, or Hungarian Art Deco Architecture, is available at the link.
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