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Art Deco Architecture

Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties

Patricia Bayer

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A comprehensive guide to the best-loved of all 20th-century architectural styles


Art Deco buildings, with their highly ornate façades and dramatic forms, are a vital part of our surroundings. This wide-ranging exploration of Art Deco architectural design embraces many different times and places in its summary of the movement’s origins, development and influence. Various types of architecture were termed Art Deco, and their antecedents might include Arts and Crafts, fin-de-siècle 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. Sumptuously illustrated, this is a comprehensive guide to the best-loved of all 20th-century architectural styles.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 29.0 x 24.4 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 376

Publication date: 27 September 1999

ISBN: 9780500281499

About the Author

Patricia Bayer is an art historian specializing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She has written extensively on Art Deco design and architecture. She is the author of Art Deco Architecture and Art Deco Interiors, both published by Thames & Hudson. She is also an avid deltiologist, or collector of postcards.