jean perzel

Selection of Lamps and an Illuminated Table, Jean Perzel, c. 1925


There was a steady increase through the 1920s and 1930s in the number of people who had electricity in their homes. Electric light first came into use in the last years of the nineteenth century. By the Art Deco period it was no longer a recent invention, but it was some time before it was reliable and cheap enough to become ubiquitous, and even by the mid-1930s electricity was by no means a feature of every home. Once the system had been perfected the advantages of electric light were enormous…it was brighter, cleaner, less hazardous, more versatile in its application and far easier to use.“ - Art Deco: The European Style, Sarah Morgan