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Art Nouveau and Art Deco are design movements that originated in the early 20th century. However, they are often confused with one another, even though they are distinct styles of their own.

Art Nouveau began its ascent in the late 19th century and continued on into the early 20th. It's a style that sought to do away with the stoic nature of historical art and the hierarchy of it, where sculptures and paintings were considered the standard.
Gone were the clash of colours and in came more muted shades and linear contours that resembled the stems of plants. It's a global style and one that transcended art forms, from interior design to sweeping architectural statements – and each country had its own unique twist.

Meanwhile, Art Deco forgoes the flowing aesthetic of Art Nouveau and swaps them for sharp lines and geometric shapes. A style that became particularly prominent in the 1920s and 30s, it was a glamorised take on the Industrial Revolution. Its main characteristics include streamlined designs, expensive materials such as gold, geometric patterns and exotic motifs. Gilded art deco mirrors and opulent chandeliers are just some examples of Art Deco design that are still popular today.

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