Art Moderne, a French term also known as Streamline Moderne, is a form of Art Deco that grew out of the Modern movement in the 1930s. It drew influence from the streamlined aerodynamic shapes of planes, cars, and ships, and it emphasized simple geometric forms, smooth surface finishes, and horizontal lines. Palm Beach Moderne examines the island’s Moderne residences, many of which are situated on the water, where their nautical white forms set them apart from the more common Mediterranean Revival estates.
Palm Beach architects Maurice Fatio, Belford Shoumate, and John Volk brought Moderne—which first became popular in Europe—to the region during the 1930s. Palm Beach Moderne seeks to place the island within the greater context of world events and movements that occurred during this era.
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