Art Deco Architecture : Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties, Paperback Book

Art Deco Architecture : Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties Paperback

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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: arts and crafts, fin-de-siecle Vienna, Cubism, Expressionism and the Bauhaus.

Patricia Bayer shows that art deco masterpieces can be seen and admired worldwide: from the skyscrapers of New York City to imperial dwellings in Tokyo; from Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Battersea Power Station to movie theatres and diners across America.

Post-modernism now uses its motifs and idioms, and many of the original buildings still survive, fully restored to their former glory.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 376 illustrations, 146 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art & design styles: Art Deco
  • ISBN: 9780500281499



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Definitely a book for someone who is familiar with the field. I picked it up simply because I was not knowledgeable and wanted to learn more. I feel like I should have just looked at the pictures and not read any of the text for as much as I got out of it. I would have absorbed much more of the information if it was something I was passionate about. Those things said, I did learn some things and was fascinated by the history. I might be able to identify an art deco building after reading this, but not by all the criteria. It was useful, had good history, nice photographs and illustrations. I am sure someone into architecture or design would get a lot out of it. Those of us who are just curious might learn a few things too.

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