Celebrating the Elegance of a Bygone Era

We hope to expand the community’s knowledge and awareness of Art Deco by offering educational programs, lectures and museum and walking tours. We also will keep the public abreast of preservation issues through public meetings and announcements via various media outlets.

Re-creating and celebrating the elegance of this glamorous era is another important step in the preservation process. To bring the community together to celebrate the social aspects of the era, the Art Deco Society of Virginia plans to host and sponsor numerous era-appropriate events such as social gatherings, dance events, film series, lawn and garden parties and galas. We want to encourage enthusiasts to dress the part and to have a good old fashioned time!


Upcoming Events


The Art & Extravagance of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann Lecture & Tour


Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Belmont Branch
3100 Elwood Ave.,
Richmond, Virginia 23221

Who was Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann?

While you may not recognize this famous designer and interior decorator’s name, you may recognize some of his work.

A designer to the elite, Ruhlmann’s unique sensibilities and insistence on impeccable craftsmanship and exotic materials made his firm the apex of French Art Deco.

His inclinations toward Macassar ebony, ivory, shagreen, and amboyna burl, combined with the thousands of hours of craftsmanship required a client list rich in Rothschilds and Maharajas.

And fortunately for us, some of his masterpieces are proudly on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

On Saturday, July 26, furniture conservationist Inigo Walker Howlett will give a talk about Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann work, with special consideration to the pieces in the VMFA that Mr. Howlett has assisted in conserving.

The lecture will take place in the meeting room of the Belmont Branch of the Richmond Public Library (a short three blocks away from the museum.) After the talk, we will visit the VMFA to view pieces created by Mr. Ruhlmann.

This event is free and open to the public.


Please refer to our calendar for future events: