Get the Look: Power & Light Building

While there are many, many things to love about Kansas City, one factor that tops the list is our hometown’s extensive examples of Art Deco architecture.

On a recent visit to a friend’s new residence in the Power & Light Apartments, I marveled at the 1931 building’s original touches—geometric-patterned lanterns, elaborate elevator doors, and ornate metal air vents.

But I also was impressed with the building’s recent decorative details in the common spaces. The wallpaper! The chandeliers! The furniture! Swoon.

All paid homage to the enthusiastic elements of the machine age, such as lightning bolts, sunbursts, and zigzags. The sophisticated atmosphere makes it feel like each day is a celebration.

Wallpaper
The Deco Hemp wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries features the glamorous flair of Art Deco with its braided teardrop pattern atop a metallic ground. Available to the trade at KDR Designer Showrooms (Lenexa).

Chandelier
The Hanley Small Chandelier by Arteriors shines the right light on Art Deco. Available at Madden-McFarland Furniture & Design Boutique (135th and State Line Rd.)

Velvet
A velvet-upholstered accent chair is a classic. Uttermost Haider gray velvet accent chair available at Seville Home (135th and Nall)

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