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Art Deco, also called style moderne, movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style around the world from France to New York to Shanghai. The style was first exhibited in Paris in 1925 where designers such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand, and Pierre Chareau displayed their groundbreaking work. The design style is known for lacquered or veneered surfaces, geometric forms, and far-flung influences from Egypt to antiquity. 


Miami is a city with architectural fascination that has the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world located around South Beach.


A historic preservationist named Barbara Baer Capitman founded a non-profit organization called the Miami Design Preservation League dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the appearance and integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue when Miami Art Deco scene was nearly to be demolished.

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