About the Art Deco Society

The Art Deco Society Auckland Inc (ADSA) was formed in 1996 to promote interest in the Art Deco style and to help preserve and protect the Art Deco architecture of Auckland, New Zealand.

Photograph from New Zealand Home & Building magazine, 1948. House c. 1939.
A picture from NZ Home & Building magazine

The Society holds events featuring overseas and local speakers, dinners, picnics, and regular visits to Art Deco homes and other buildings. While most activities are advertised only to members, guests are welcome, and some events, such as overseas speakers and our frequent Preservation Balls, are open to the public. Members receive a regular newsletter about upcoming events.

Members are kept informed about events by our update. When resources permit, a magazine, The Metropolitan Flyer, is published, which includes articles on Deco antiques and collectibles, Auckland architecture of the 20s 30s and 40s, reviews of books and old movies, and excerpts from magazines and books of the period. 

In addition to the information in our magazine, the Art Deco Society has access to information to assist its members in learning about  the Art Deco style and restoring early 20th Century buildings, furniture and other items.

A number of our members own and are renovating Art Deco homes, and the Society has arranged substantial discounts on a number of products and services to assist with these projects. Our Preservation group was formed in 1997 to identify and document Art Deco buildings, gardens and environments in Auckland, and to encourage their preservation. This group works closely with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and local Councils to achieve its aims.

If you would like to help or participate in any of our activities, or want more information, please contact.

ADSA, as a member of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS), receives publications from International Art Deco Societies. These are available for loan to members.

ICADS congresses are held every two years in cities around the world. Members of ADSA are entitled to attend and immerse themselves in a week of Art Deco delights.


Exciting News – Art Deco Society Auckland is now on radio!

Broadcast - Second Wednesday of the month at  2.10 pm – 2.40pm  on 104.6 PLANET FM 

Each month there will be an interview with an interesting person – some very well known, some not so, but all with great knowledge on their subject. 


PLEASE TUNE IN AND LISTEN – If you miss it each program is retained at  www.planetaudio.org.nz   ref "DecoRetro" until the following month.

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