The Art Deco style began in France just before the 1st World War and became an international movement between the two world wars, losing its influence after 1945. It was the opposite of the Art Nouveau style, the curved lines and vegetal decoration giving way to geometric shapes and bold colours. It was influenced by cubisme and abstract art. New materials were used, exotic woods such as macassar replacing European woods, with chrome, copper and silver decoration. Leather was used for settees and armchairs. The drinks cabinet appeared.