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Art Deco: The Twentieth Century's Iconic Decorative Style from Paris, London, an...
Arnold Schwartzman's stunning photographs of the finest examples of Art Deco from all over the world are collected here as a celebration of one of the world's most popular decorative styles. Art deco is the 20th century's most glamorous architectural style, and the one that shaped popular ideas of modern luxury. With over 200 photographs, this is a visual celebration of this very popular style. Unlike most other books on the subject that tend to be regionally specific, this book highlights Art Deco buildings from all over the world, from Australia to South America, with an emphasis on London, Los Angeles, New York, Chic...
Herman Miller: A way of living
For more than 100 years, Michigan-based Herman Miller has played a central role in the evolution of modern and contemporary design, producing timeless classics while creating a culture that has had a remarkable impact on the development of the design world. Ten chapters and thousands of illustrations tell the Herman Miller story as never before, documenting its defining moments and key leaders – making Herman Miller: A Way of Living an indispensable addition to the bookshelves of design-lovers around the globe.
Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America
An expansive take on American Art Deco that explores Chicago's pivotal role in developing the architecture, graphic design, and product design that came to define middle-class style in the twentieth century Frank Lloyd Wright's lost Midway Gardens, the iconic Sunbeam Mixmaster, and Marshall Field's famed window displays: despite the differences in scale and medium, each belongs to the broad current of an Art Deco style that developed in Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century. This ambitious overview of the city's architectural, product, industrial, and graphic design between 1910 and 1950 offers a fresh pers...
Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Disrupting Craft presents the work of Tanya Aguiniga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Styjuco, four artists who take innovative approaches to their selected mediums. They share a fascination with themes of identity, and the practise of their art as a means of engaging socially with communities in collective activity. The featured artists work in a remarkable variety of media including earthenware pottery, textiles and weaving, sculptural materials and woven plastic fabrics, and wood, metal and mixed media. Their visual sensibilities range from traditional African beaded culture, to digital media, the produc...
Emil Milan: Midcentury Master
Artist Emil Milan (American, 1922-1985) was a major contributor to the studio craft movement in the 1950s and 60s. He was an innovator in woodworking tools and techniques, and a pioneer in using power tools to boost production. After training to be a sculptor at the Art Students League of New York, he developed and produced a distinctive line of "functional sculpture" - wooden bowls, trays, and serving ware - that captured the essence of Midcentury Modern Design. He stood with now legendary artists and designers like Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Charles Eames, George Nakashima, and Bob Stocksdale (among...
Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
A brilliant exploration of fashion's complex engagement with the great art and artifacts of Catholic faith and practice Since antiquity, religious beliefs and practices have inspired many of the masterworks of art. These works of art have, in turn, fueled the imagination of fashion designers in the 20th and 21st centuries, yielding some of the most innovative creations in costume history. Connecting significant religious art and artifacts to their sartorial expressions, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination provides a critical analysis of fashion's engagement with notions of the divine. Exploring fashion...
Josef Albers: Interaction
Only appearances are not deceiving."-Josef Albers Josef Albers (1888-1976) was one of the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism: he was an extraordinary teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, who is best known for the Homages to the Square (painted 1950-76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. This generously illustrated overview of Albers's work, accompanying the first major exhibition on the artist in more than thirty years, features all aspects of his long, creative career. Beginning with Albers's time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, the publication follows the ar...
Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s
A valuable resource for design professionals, historians, and enthusiasts, this book chronicles the evolution of modern interior design in the United States throughout the 1930s. With images and detailed descriptions, design historian Marilyn F. Friedman presents more than 100 interiors by 50 designers and architects, including Donald Deskey, Paul T. Frankl, Percival Goodman, Frederick Kiesler, William Lescaze, William Muschenheim, Tommi Parzinger, Gilbert Rohde, Eugene Schoen, and Kem Weber; set designers Cedric Gibbons and Joseph Urban; and industrial designers Raymond Loewy, Walter Dorwin Teague, and Russel Wright. T...
Rene Prou
René Prou (1889-1947), an ensemblier and decorator, was - alongside Ruhlmann, Leleu, Dunand, Subes and Brandt - a central figure of the Art Deco movement. Trained at Gouffé, in Paris, in the 1910s, Prou took part in most of the Salons d'Automne and the Salons des artistes décorateurs before commanding attention at the Exposition international des arts décoratifs of 1925. Firmly established by major public and private commissions, his talent as an ensemblier was expressed as much in the decoration of ocean liners - Cuba (1923), Lafayette (1928), Paris (1929) - as in the fitting out of the sleeper cars of the Orient E...
1000 chairs
Chairs displayed on their own as pure form An overview of the 20th century More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been subjected to the wildest dreams of the designers. The particular curve of a backrest, or the twist of a leg, the angle of a seat or the color of the entire artifact all reflect the stylistic consciousness of each era. From Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto to Verner Panton to Eva Zeisel, from Art Nouveau to International Style, from Pop Art to Postmodernism, the phenomenon of the chair is so complex that it requires a reference work as comprehensive as this to do it full justice. They are a...
Ingrid Donat
The first comprehensive monograph on Ingrid Donat, one of the most sought after designers of the end of the 20th century, creating exceptional pieces of sculpted furniture, in the great tradition of Giacometti
Jean Royere by Pierre Emmanuel and Martin Vivier
Born in 1902, Jean Royère, the "modern of yesterday", shows his taste for decoration very young. He began at the age of 30 a brilliant career as a decorator. After having married and then abandoned the functionalism in vogue in the 30s, he presented in 1939 at the Salon des artistes décorateurs a boudoir that provocatively marks the return to the ornament. From 1931 to 1972, this indefatigable traveler made more than a thousand projects around the world, from the development of the workers' city of Aplemont in the north of France to the decoration of the Shah's palace in Iran, creating with lightness a style that evok...
The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s
An exhilarating look at Art Deco design in 1920s America, using jazz as its unifying metaphor Capturing the dynamic pulse of the era's jazz music, this lavishly illustrated publication explores American taste and style during the golden age of the 1920s. Following the destructive years of the First World War, this flourishing decade marked a rebirth of aesthetic innovation that was cultivated to a great extent by American talent and patronage. Due to an influx of European emigres to the United States, as well as American enthusiasm for traveling to Europe's cultural capitals, a reciprocal wave of experimental attitudes ...
Wiener Werkstatte 1903-1932
The Wiener Werkstätte, founded by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Fritz Waerndorfer, was an artists' and craftsmen's collective that existed in Vienna from 1903 until 1932. The artists' goal was to bring high-quality design and craft into all areas of life and to elevate everyday objects into pieces of art. During that time, the collective produced items in a variety of media including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalwork, and textiles. The Wiener Werkstätte style influenced generations of architects from Bauhaus to Art Deco. This book features the work of well-known Wiener Werkstätte members such as Jos...
101 Danish Design Icons
A definitive history of 20th-century Danish design through 101 classic objects Denmark has long loomed large in international design history. Today, Danish furniture, textiles, home appliances and utensils from the 1960s and '70s are more popular than ever, for sale at design galleries and a rarity at flea markets. This publication provides an extensive overview of those everyday objects that have to this day written design history both in Denmark and worldwide. Along with 32 leading scholars and journalists, the Head of the Library and Research at the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen, Lars Dybdahl, explores the fasc...
Les Décorateurs des années 50: New edition (French)
320pp 350 col & b&w illus. The best reference for French furniture designers of the 50's., the Haute Couture de la Decoration, les Modernistes, les Jeunes Loups, and the big manufacturers and department stores. Brand new sealed copy
The Decorators of the 1960s and 1970s
The 1960s and 1970s marked a sharp turning point in the history of decoration and furniture. Until that point, the world was confined to national and elitist forms of expression. At the beginning of the 1960s, the sector took its inspiration from Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Italian and French decoration. Genres were combined in a frenzied desire to live in symbiosis with one's time. The progress of technology strengthened the conviction that the individual had unlimited freedom and aroused the desire to inhabit in a new manner. Forms became rounder, furniture was in sync with a warm, playful, and anticonformist universe....
Olivier Dwek: Architectures
Of English origin, Olivier Dwek was born in 1970 in Brussels. Having been passionate about the visual arts from childhood, he began his studies at the Victor Horta Institute of Architecture at the ULB in 1990. Here he took particular interest in the workshops and often came into conflict with his professors. After an internship in the offices of Brussels architects Art & Build, who specialise in large-scale projects, he was given his first significant commissions in 1997. Dwek opened his own architectural firm in 2000. The Louis Vuitton store in Brussels was one of his first projects, which was followed by numerous ...
Vintage Home: 20th-century Design for Contemporary Living
Vintage Home is both a practical collectors guide to what to look out for and a celebration of the period. It covers both serious and costly designer creations, which sell in major auction houses worldwide, and cheerful mass-produced kitsch, which you can pick up in car boot sales, charity shops, flea markets and yard sales. It looks at objects from around the world that were made for every taste and budget.
Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and ...
Straddling two World Wars and the Great Depression, ushering in the Jazz Age and the era of the automobile and skyscraper, fomenting in the great cities of Europe and America and shaping everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to the humble desk lamp, the story of Art Deco is the story of our modern world. In this book, the most comprehensive account of the decorative arts of the Art Deco period ever assembled, Alastair Duncan celebrates the styles rich variety of form and its diverse international roots as the very factors that make it a perennial favourite of modern collectors and designers. Sumptuously illustrated and...
Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works. Volume 1:1903-1940
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) is undoubtedly one of the most significant figures in 20th-century interior design. Vintage pieces of her furniture designs fetch millions in auctions. Together with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret she created a number of classics, such as the chaise-longue LC4. From the 1930s, she sought not only to change design but to initiate social change; her main goal as a designer, was to develop affordable, functional, and appealing furniture for the masses. Perriand's life and work has been widely acknowledged, but thus far there has never been a comprehensive monograph covering all aspects of ...
Jacques Adnet by Alain Rene Hardy and Gaelle Millett
Editions De L'Amateur, Paris, France, 2014. hardcover-. Condition: New-. 264 pages - in French - around 500 mostly color illustrations - the life and art of French furniture designer and interior architect Jacques Adnet (1900-1984) - early days, the Galeries Lafayette workshop, the International Exhibition of 1925, the Company of French Arts, the E.N.S.A.D., traditions, materials, production, sculptures, accessories and much more - biblio. and index. French text.
Art Deco by Norbert Wolf
The Art Deco style is so recognisable and widespread that its original influence on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws our attention back to the birth of Art Deco - a period between two devastating world wars when industrialisation was flourishing, interest in archaeology was peaking, and movements such as Cubism, Constructivism, Futurism and Modernism were turning the art world on its head. Brilliantly designed to reflect the style it celebrates, Art Deco is filled with hundreds of examples of painting, architecture, interiors, jewellery, crafts, furniture...
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...
Le Tapis européen de 1900 à nos jours
356 pages with 411 illustrations. This book traces the history of the European carpet and especially French from the 1900s to the present day. Indeed, France is radiant in this field, both by its creativity and its know-how, and by the attraction it exerts on artists from all over the world. Through the great periods explored: Art Nouveau, Art-Déco, neoclassicism, artist's carpets, contemporary creations, are presented the models and the realizations of the major names of the carpet. Leleu, Ruhlmann, da Silva Bruhns, Boiceau, Lurçat, Gaudissart and Sue and Mare meet here artists from the late 20th century, such as Dan...
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