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Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai features a utilitarian Art Deco style. When the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel was built in 1929, Sir Victor Sassoon used the finest materials to create functional artwork throughout the grand space. Art Deco was the innovative style of the day, illustrating how progressive technology could be beautiful, not just practical. From the fixtures and heating vents (they still work today) to the long hallways and enormous amounts of natural light that flood the suites and lobbies, the hotel’s elegant sense of modernity is still apparent almost a century later. Artifacts like Lalique artworks and a Steinway piano (where Charlie Chaplin actually composed the song “Smile”) take us back to the Four-Star hotel’s glory days.