Synopses & Reviews
In the 1920s, London was a city on the cusp of change. Just as dance halls and jazz-age decadence displaced wartime austerity, a new generation of artists and designers sought to enliven the cityandrsquo;s architecture, erecting dazzling buildings in the emerging art deco style. In contrast with the aging Victorian structures that dotted the city, these bright and colorful buildingsandmdash;from the Hoover factory to the Ideal House by Raymond Hood, who later designed New Yorkandrsquo;s Rockefeller Centerandmdash;communicated the cityandrsquo;s aspirations as a thriving, modern metropolis.
In the decades since, Londonandrsquo;s art deco buildings have lost none of their appeal. Millions of visitors gaze up at the headquarters of the Daily Telegraph and the nearby Daily Express, take in the elegance of Eltham Palace, or sip a martini at the Savoy. The cityandrsquo;s most popular art deco attraction, however, is the London Underground, which boasts a series of art deco and modernist stations, designed throughout the 1920s and andrsquo;30s by noted architect Charles Holden. In Modernism London Style, architectural historian Christoph Rauhut, with the help of three hundred photographs by Niels Lehmann, captures the architectural art deco heritage of London in a thrilling photographic tour. A portrait of the city during the interwar years, it chronicles the creativity of the artists and designers of the periodandmdash;and the currents in the cityandrsquo;s culture that helped shape their work.
Insightful essays and an introduction by architecture scholar Adam Caruso shed light on some of the key features that characterize art deco, from floral and animal motifs to Egyptian themes. For readers planning a trip to London and hoping to place these striking buildings, the book also includes a detailed register and maps.
Stunning photographs offer a visual journey through Londons Art Deco style—from factories and underground stations to theaters and private residences This richly illustrated book offers a fascinating and detailed look at the Art Deco style, from building design to decorative detail. The Art Deco style gained prominence at the 1925 Paris Exposition, after which each nation seemed to adapt its own distinct architectural style. Less florid than the French or that of the United States, Great Britain's buildings reflected the country's imperial status. From the imposing style of the Savoy Hotel, through the ornate detail of the West End theaters, to Art Deco factories like the Hoover Building, they also demonstrated Britain's love of detail. Remarkably, many of London's Art Deco buildings still survive—their once grime-covered indigenous Portland stone now mostly scrubbed clean, beautifully displaying their many sculptural details.
About the Author
Arnold Schwartzman is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a noted graphic designer, and the author of Deco Landmarks, Designage, and Graven Images. Since 1996 he has designed many of the key elements for the annual Academy Awards, including posters and programs. He lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Combined German/English Edition
Modern or Moderne?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Adam Caruso
The Photographic Documentation of An Architectural Movementand#8212;A Contradictory Endeavour?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Christoph Rauhut
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Photographed by Niels Lehmann
Building IndexArchitect IndexAcknowledgements