Although usually associated with the 1920s and '30s, the Art Deco style had already begun to emerge in France prior to the First World War. Art Deco design is redolent of the Jazz Age, conjuring images of society cocktail parties, the Charleston and Hollywood in this great but doomed era of excess. This book deals with Art Deco.
An exploration of art deco architectural design, embracing many different times and places in its summary of the movement's origins, development and influence. Various types of architecture, the author explains, were termed art deco, and their antecedents were mixed and often surprising.
By the time of the Paris exhibition of 1925 from which Art Deco took its name, the idea that an interior and its furnishings should form a "total look" dominated design. This text displays the flourishing design ingenuity with photographs and illustrations of interiors and individual pieces.
Art Deco was one of the most captivating and popular artistic movements of the 20th century. This title brings an original approach to the subject, collecting and featuring some 250 postcards from the 1920s to 1940s from nightclubs, hotels and restaurants to skyscrapers, apartment buildings and airports.