Art Deco Architecture

Art Deco Architecture

Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties

  1. Patricia Bayer
  • ISBN 9780500281499
  • 29.00 x 24.40 cm
  • Paperback
  • 224pp
  • 376 Illustrations, 146 in colour
  • First published 1999
‘Richly illustrated, wide-ranging’ – Art Book Survey

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.

Patricia Bayer is the arts editor of the Encyclopedia Americana and the author of Art Deco Interiors, also published by Thames & Hudson.