Art Deco takes its name from the Exposition International des Arts Decoratives, held in Paris in 1925. It is an art style developed as a Modernist reaction against the Art Nouveau style, with an emphasis on applying modern concepts of abstemious decoration to traditional craftwork. Though its nature as an avant-garde, vogue and functional style, Art Deco exerted great impact on cities and life styles all over the world from the 1920's to the 1950's. While taking influence from traditional Egyptian and African art, Art Deco absorbed elements of Cubism, Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism. It became an international design style, with its innovative, technology-based design vocabulary. What Art Deco gives us today is not simply a sense of nostalgia but more so an avenue to our inner senses. From architecture, interior design, furniture, graphics and manufactured items, through geometric shapes, sun rays, lightning, distorted plants and intense colors, Art Deco enables us to glimpse a time when commerce and technology become part of our daily lives.The Art Deco movement also had a pervasive impact on Shanghai. Art Deco designers were particularly drawn to powerful Chinese art, being particularly fascinated by mysterious motifs found in ancient bronzes, elegant shapes in ceramics and simple lines of hardwood furniture. The result is an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and modern international tastes that reflect Shanghai’s transition to the modern world.