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20th Century Design

Les Vitrines Hermes
Guaranteed authentic HERMES extraordinarily beautiful hardcover book of shop windows of HERMES designed by the legendary Leila Menchari. A gorgeous coffee table book and this rare book is a collectors item. French text
Alberto Pinto (original)
Published to celebrate the first twenty years of Pinto's interior design work, this is a now scarce and much sought after book from 1992 illustrates the glamorous interiors created this master of design and decoartion who sadly died in 2012, so these books will only become more and more collectable as time goes on. The book is in very good condition and is lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photographs. 295 pages - text is in French.
Dupre Lafon: Decorateur des Millionnaires
Hardback book with dustjacket, text is in French, 206 pages full of photographs, illustrations and drawings which showcase much of his amazing talent both as an interior designer and decorator and as a designer of furniture. Lafon was well known for his brilliant use and combination of quality material such as exotic woods with fine Hermes leather (he also worked for Hermes during his career). A very scarce book.
French Text. Very rare, out of print book. Excellent condition with immaculate dust wrapper.
Fontana Arte. Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand
Franco Deboni is the most renowned author and expert on 20th century Italian glass in the world. Fontana Arte is the most important and innovative Italian glass designer and maker of the 20th century. It is not surprising that Fontana Arte has chosen Franco Deboni to document the compelling story of its founding by Italian artist and entrepreneur Luigi Fontana and the icon of 20th century Italian design, Gio Ponti, whose visionary designs transformed Italian glass in the early 1930s into lighting systems, furniture and accessories incorporating strikingly modern design with traditional Italian glass blowing craftsmanshi...
Jean Dunand: His Life and Works
If you like the works of Jean Dunand, Art Deco design, or just a fan of lacquer technique, this book is incredible. The illustrations are superb, and descriptions are very throughout. There is no other book on Jean Dunand that even comes close, and since on one comes close to Jean Dunand as far as the perfection of the merge of ancient art of the Asian lacquer technique and the modern design, this book is the cat's meow and the bee's knees. Your knees will buckle when you open the book and see all the glory of the presented works. And yes, the photographic illustrations of Dunand's works are really that good. I have had...
Jean-Michel Frank
Text in French and English. Profusely illustrated. Excellent condition with dust wrapper. Out of print. Beautiful book.
Maxime Old: Architecte-Decorateur
A hardback book with dust jacket in very good condition. Old had a long career starting in the 1930's when he worked with Ruhlmann and was designing until his death in 1991. His furniture is much sought after nowadays, he was always concerned about functionalism and comfort, he added luxury by using rare and expensive woods, he was known for his perfect proportions and clean and elegant lines. This is a scarce and sought after monograph, 320 pages, beautifully illustrated throughout with colour and Black & white photographs. French text.
Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco
This is a copy of a rare English language edition of this beautiful and now scarce book, with original dust jacket in good condition. 312 pages having 67 colour plates and 420 black & white illustrations. Ruhlmann was a renowned and highly sought after designer of both furniture and interiors who epitomised the glamoour of the French Art Deco Styleof the 1920's and 30's. He became well known for designing and making formal furniture using precious and exotic woods in combination with Ivory fittings, which gave them a very stylish and timeless appeal. A classic and much sought after book.
Rene Herbst
Hardback book with dust jacket in very good condition. This is the 1990 first edition which is now out of print, so it is scarce. 363 pages profusely illustrated throughout in colour and black & white. This is a comprehensive work of the important pioneering designer and architect, who was one of the forefathers of the art deco movement. French Text.
Gilbert Poillerat,
This is a beautifully photographed book with text in french by Francois Baudotabout the life and creations of one of the great designers and workers in ironwork. He started work towards the end of the Art Deco and this influence can be seen in some of his work, but throughout his career he created totally unique and often fantastical pieces - sometimes in collaboration with the best known decorators and designers of the time such as Andre Arbus, Jacques Adnet and Jean Royere. With 248 pages plus a further 80 pages with design illustrations. French Text.
Jansen Furniture
Illustrated throughout, this text is a comprehensive review of Maison Jansen's most significant designs - exact reproductions of 18th and 19th century antiques, adaptations of historical forms for modern use, and the contempoary designs that span various fashion trends from the late 19th to 20th century. Hardback, out of print book in excellent condition with dustwrapper
Raphael Decorateur
A monograph on the French interior designer, furniture designer and decorator who worked from the late 1930's into the 1980's. 207 pages which are richly illustrated with both colour and black & white photographs of his creations. French text.
Andre Groult: Decorateur-ensemblier du XXe siecle
Out of Print, Hardback book with cloth covers and dust jacket in very good condition. 279 pages lavishly illustrated with colour and black & white photographs and drawings. Groult had a prolific career and was one of the most sought after designer/decorators of the 20th century. The book is done chronologically so there is a natural progression showing his works and how his style developed .
Jean-Michel Frank by Pierre Emmanuel Martin-Vivier
340 pages - in French - over 700 duotone and color illustrations - a work on French decorator Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941) who worked with Albert Giacometti and other period artists and whose "Poor Man's Luxury" style brought him clients such as Nelson Rockefeller, Cole Porter, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jean-Pierre Guerlain and Templeton Crocker - Frank's life - his works, incl. those for high fashion boutiques and theaters - from concept to commercialization, the creative artists, the Rue Montauban workshops and more - the aesthetics of denial, stripping down space, destroying material and refusing form, quotes on different ...
Le Luminaire: Lighting Design 1925-1937 by Guillaume Janneau
This book documents an important period in the history of design, reconstituting the evolution of lighting design in the early 1930s. Here reproduced in one volume are four facsilies taken of related publications issued by Charles Moreau on the occasions of the international expositions held in Paris between 1925 and 1937. 144 artists and studios are presented together with 500 examples of lighting fixtures and designs. The biographies of the artists and design studios complement the illustrations. Text is in English, French and German.
Charlotte Perriand: Un Art D' Habiter by Jacques Barsac
512 pages - in French - over 700 color, duotone and b/w illustrations - a prize-winning maker of documentary films on art and history describes the life and art of pioneering Parisian interior designer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) who worked with Le Corbusier , Jean Prouvé and others and who advised the Japanese on industrial design during the 1940's - Japan 1940-1941, reconstruction and a new beginning 1946-1952, the Jean Prouvé workshops 1953-1956, Steph Simon publishing 1956, street art 1957-1959, the Sahara and Borot houses and the last collaboration between Perriand and Le Corbusier in 1959 - notes, bio., bibli...
Serge Roche by Patrick Mauries
Profusely illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 1.4kg. French. Fine; as new. The catalogue to an exhibition held at the Galerie Chastel Maréchal, Paris in 2006, this beautifully illustrated volume is the first to trace the entire career of Serge Roche (1898-1988) and present the most important elements of his work. 'Around 1930, somewhat against the trend of his era, Serge Roche embraced the baroque cause. He designed and produced items or furniture, objects and decors that would hold their own for more than thirty years with a select clientele, from Chanel to Ali Khan. Created from stucco and mirrors, his consoles...
Les Decorateurs des Annees 50
A follow-up to Les Décorateurs Des Années 40, also published by Norma Editions, this wonderfully illustrated book gives a short account of all the major French designers of the period and their work, from neo-classicists such as Andre Arbus to modernists such as Charlotte Perriand, as well as various factories and shops. Text in French.
Bill Willis: Designing the Private World of Marrakech
A beautiful hardback book with 256 pages and lavish colour photographs throughout. Describes in words and pictures the work done by Bill Willis for the rich and famous in Morocco, perhaps most famously for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berger, and why he became one of the most brilliant decorative builders and designers Morocco has ever known.
Paul Jouve : Peintre sculpteur animalier 1878-1973
This book is an incredible work of art in itself. for anyone interested in the art and sculpture of the animaliers this is a must . jouves unique style evokes an artistic beauty , elegance and power rarely seen . while translation from french is required the photos of paintings and sculpture fill this volume and are self explanator
Jules Wabbes 1919-1974. Architecte d' interieurs
Brussels, Dexia, Ren, Du Livre, 2002, 2002. Bound, in dust jacket, 22x28cm, 165pp, Dutch text, richly illustrated, new state !!! ISBN 9782804605650. Jules Wabbes (1919 - 1974), began in the 1940s with designing furniture from recuperation materials. In the following years, he established his reputation with the decoration of numerous ministries, as well as the design of the Sabena aircraft. Wood and exotic materials are preferred. With his modern and idealistic creations, he was the worthy representative of Belgian design on international exchanges. His work received several awards. A beautiful monograph; Like New
Le Mobilier Du Xx Siecle - Dictionnaire Des Createurs
A large hardback book being a Dictionary of the designers of 20th century furniture. A 690 page A-Z featuring the major designers together with a vast array of colour and black and white photographs to illustrate the designers work. Text is in French.
Les décorateurs des années 60-70
The 60s and 70s are indissociable in the history of decoration and furniture. They mark a radical turning point in a world hitherto confined to national and elitist expressions. Everything breaks out in the early 1960s. Fashion is both Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Italian and French. The genres mix in a frantic desire to live in symbiosis with his time. The advances in technology accredit the conviction of a conquering liberty of the individual and give rise to new desires for a new Way of living, even in science fiction cells. The shapes are rounded, the seats become carpets-sculptures that allow to coil in warm, playfu...
Andre Arbus: Architecte-Decorateur des Annees 40
This is the revised edition of 2003. This book covers the work of Andre Arbus, Architect, Interior Decorator and Furniture Designer. He was one of the handful of influential leading decorators and designers who revolutionized the way that furniture and room sets were designed in the middle of the 20th century. His handsome designs included the innovative use of rare woods within classic designs. Always highly sought after he work on the Elysee palace and a number of the great Ocean liners. 400 pages lavishly illustrated in both colour and black & white, text is in french.
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