Art Deco is a creative but ephemeral movement that had a great impact on the architecture of many cities in the United States, and also influenced the art, fashion, and furniture as well. Between 1925 and 1940, Art Deco was espoused by Americans as an invigorating transformation from the revivalist and unbigoted sensibilities that forerun.
Art Deco – Origin
The name art deco is derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, that was held in Paris in the year 1925. Organized by a French artists’ association, the show included a decoration which then came to be known as art deco. Buildings were largely bedecked with low relief, hard edged designs; elegant sunrise and floral patterns; and different geometric shapes including ziggurats and chevrons.
While some buildings made use of costly hand-crafted decorations, others used less expensive machine-made ones. Also, to bring down costs, decorative aspects were usually used only in those building parts that were visible. Old Miami Beach, Florida is one of the most comprehensive art deco environments in the United States that produced effective associations between designers, sculptors, painters, and architects.
The most commonly used materials for art deco in NYC construction were terracotta, smooth-faced stone, concrete, and stucco. Aluminum and steel were also used, but with vitrolite (an opaque pigmented glass) and glass blocks.
In traditional NYC art deco, rectangular blocks were usually placed in geometric style, after which curved decorative materials were used to break them up. However, the focus always was to form a concrete look with ornamental patterns.
In some designs, entrances were enveloped with intricate pediments and pillars, and those were decorated with either a concave decoration like fluting (vertical shallow grooves) or a convex decoration like reeding (parallel strips). Based on the designer and project, the extent and quality of these ornamental motifs differ.
Windows were usually round or square in shape, and to give the building a sleek look, they were often arranged in sequence. Glass blocks or decorative glasses were used to fill wall openings, giving a beautiful solid contrast while also letting in daylight.
The art deco style in NYC has evolved over the years, with many building owners trying to maintain the style to stay looking as good as new. However, only a very few have succeeded at this. Flatiron Lounge maintains the atmosphere of this historic era, the classiness of which is still maintained. As a tribute to the glorious 20s, the lounge has a 30 feet long art deco counter that once belonged to the famous Manhattan Ballroom. To enjoy the beautiful NYC art deco, lively ambiance and of course the designer cocktails, visit Flatiron Lounge at any convenient time.
You find a seat at your favorite cocktail lounge, glance over the drinks menu and realize that if you have to try every single cocktail that appeals to you, the night would probably not end and your next morning will be rough. Almost all cocktail lovers have been there! Have any of you wondered if there is a solution for this? Fortunately, there is: cocktail flights.
The idea behind “flights” of bar drinks is pretty simple – you get to sample three different drinks of a similar theme. Flights were originally used to introduce customers to a wonderful selection of wines. However, this technique is now being used by restaurants, bars, and cocktail lounges to offer samples of their drinks, aperitifs, and more.
Today, cocktail flights are a big hit among people, as it allows them to try many different specialties of a cocktail lounge, for a price that is considerably lower than what you would otherwise spend on three full-sized cocktails. While this new trend enables bars to add originality to their menu, it enables you to sample new flavors and tastes. Now, if you are balled up about choosing a best cocktail lounge in NYC where you can sample some of the best bar drinks in NYC, then head over to Flatiron Lounge.
Cocktail pioneer, Julie Reiner, started serving cocktail flights when she opened the Flatiron Lounge in 2003 and has been offering a special cocktail flight every day since. The “Flight of the Day” priced at $24, and consists of three small cocktails served on a wooden tray. You no longer need your luggage and passport to take a flight to France or Italy because, you can experience it right here in this gourmet cocktail destination at Manhattan.
The concept and execution of the flights are unique to the Flatiron Lounge and cannot be found anywhere else. Other flights offered at this cocktail lounge include, Astronaut’s Wife Tiki Flight (that’s an interesting name!), Halloween Cocktail Flight (comprising of Satan’s Curled Whiskers, Black Cat and Archangel), Aperol Flight, Garden to Table Flight, Tequila Flight, Flight to Kentucky, Mad Men inspired flight, Rum Flight, and a whole lot more.
So, whether you are going on a romantic date or a casual Friday night drinks with friends, the Flatiron Lounge is the place to be…and don’t forget to try their Flight of the Day.