Art Deco was an international phenomenon that influenced all areas of design from early in the twentieth century. It came to symbolise a new mechanical, streamlined age and became fashionable simultaneously with the rise of electricity, aviation and the motor car.
At the start of the 1930s Melbourne was, visually and architecturally, an entirely different city to what it would become. By the end of the decade, a combination of forces and commercial demands saw exciting new design ideas, building materials and external finishes transform Melbourne into a city enlivened by stylish, colourful buildings.
Discover how Melbourne claimed its place as one of the world’s great Art Deco cities in a walking tour with president of the Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia, Robin Grow.