Drive to either side of the river for a sip or dinner, and you’re likely to be wowed by some luxurious, maybe even over-the-top, interiors. From Il Foro and Volstead’s in Minneapolis to The Commodore in St. Paul, art deco design is having another moment. “It was a pretty intriguing time in history when craftsmanship and the industrial age were meeting to create a unique change in interiors and architecture,” says interior designer Lisa Peck of LiLu Interiors. “Handcraft was still really important, but then these more abstracted, machine-age designs were also happening, and the way they came together was really glamorous and luxurious.” Hallmarks of art deco design include mirrored surfaces, shiny patinas of white and black marble, in addition to geometric and abstract shapes and patterns. But you don’t have to redo a space in period fashion to inject a little piece of this elegance into today’s homes, Peck says. “Think of it as whimsical—it’s easy to just pop in a pillow to get a little taste of it,” she adds.
It’s a feast for the eyes in Il Foro’s downtown Minneapolis eatery, with curvacious booths, sleek tile, and mirrors all around to convey a party-like-it’s-1929 vibe. 40 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-238-2300
Kelly Wearstler’s lavish gold wallpaper, inspired by architecture, would make a powerful punch in a powder room. Crescent in gold and ivory ($540/double roll), from Lee Jofa, International Market Square, 275 Market St., Ste. 222, Mpls., 612-375-9092
This sexy silhouette is a striking accent chair in the living room or in multiples as chairs for the dining table. Palerme Dining Chair ($2,510), by Jacques Garcia, from Baker Furniture, IMS, Ste. 335, 612-341-2906
Clear glass accented with hand-rubbed brass makes this chandelier the star in a foyer. Mia Large Pendant ($5,250), by John Rosselli, from Visual Comfort & Co., IMS, Ste. 366, 612-584-4000
Designer Lisa Peck collected these fabric swatches as examples of new fabrics that embrace traditional art deco motifs but are refreshed in modern, fashion-forward color palettes.
Inspired by a kimono with cherry blossoms, this welded brass mirror has 18 lead crystal blossoms to act as a dramatic attention-getter in any room. Blossom mirror ($6,720), by Thomas Pheasant, also from Baker Furniture
Go bold on a kitchen backsplash with this polished white and black marble. The white marble has gray veining that adds dimension. Tempesta Neve Wheaton with Black tiles ($19.99/square foot), from The Tile Shop, 14000 Carlson Pkwy., Plymouth, 763-541-9720