The regal appeal in Art Deco architecture is virtually unmatched, often connoted with the likes of eye-popping posters, luxurious cruise ships, and awe-inspiring buildings like New York’s Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Rockefeller Center. By combining a contemporary look with classical iconography and a glamorous sense of luxury, the innovative design style came to dominate the 1920s and ’30s, with its influence still being felt a century later. Taking inspiration from Art Deco’s sharp and gleaming design language, we’ve compiled an array of handy EDC gear that perfectly channels this brand of early-twentieth-century architecture.
Parker Duofold Prestige Ballpoint Pen
Kicking this list off is a gorgeous writing utensil that embraces over a century of refined craftsmanship. PARKER has been making the Duofold since the actual days of Art Deco in 1921, and this Ballpoint Pen version certainly shows off the design style. It features a sleek, etched chevron pattern that is accentuated by several 23-karat gold plated trims for an added bit of luxury that you didn’t know a pen required until you use it.
Oliver Peoples Alland
Oliver Peoples has served as a celebrity-certified eyewear manufacturer for years, and its fashion-forward Alland silhouette is merely one example as to why it’s remained so popular. The shades are made in Japan using premium materials like titanium and high-end acetate to compose a gorgeous pair of sunglasses from one end to the other.
S.T. DUPONT x Cohiba Le Ligne 2 Lighter
The famed S.T Dupont crafted this gorgeous lighter alongside Cohiba Le Ligne, a legendary Cuban cigar brand, in celebration of the latter’s 55th anniversary — and it’s quite the impressive birthday gift. The lighter is made from gold-toned brass and etched with Cohiba’s logo and the famed cigar company’s emblem, along with some Art Deco-style numbers signifying 55 years.
JLC Reverso Classic Duoface Small Seconds
The definitive Art Deco watch is, without a doubt, Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s Reverso. Its famous rotating case was originally invented for polo players in the 1930s so they could protect their watch faces while playing, but today it’s regarded as one of the best dress watches in existence. This particular example of the Swiss-made piece features an in-house hand-wound movement, a solid 18-karat pink gold case, and a two-sided dial. The silver guilloche dial features a small seconds subdial, while the black Clous de Paris dial on the flip-side of the case boasts a second time zone compilation.
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