Decorative Arts and Architecture of the 1920s

Decorative Arts and Architecture of the 1920s

Le Arti d'Oggi

  1. Roberto Papini
  • ISBN 9780500512272
  • 33.50 x 24.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 480pp
  • 808 Illustrations, 12 in colour
  • First published 2005

Le Arti d’Oggi was originally published in Italy in 1930. This near-facsimile edition of that rare and much sought-after book follows the format of the original exactly, presenting a dazzling selection of European architecture, interiors, furniture and decorative arts from the 1920s.

This astonishing treasury, including over 800 pictures, will be highly prized by bibliophiles, collectors and connoisseurs.

Part One deals with architecture and includes work by Walter Gropius, Eliel Saarinen, Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmann and Gio Ponti, as well as works by lesser-known architects that prove significant when illustrating the stylistic features of the period.
Part Two explores interiors and furniture, including homes and public buildings designed by such famous architects as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, as well as furnishings produced by Galeries Lafayette and D.I.M.
Part Three features a vast array of exquisite objects, from teasets designed by Josef Hoffmann and beautiful Cartier jewels to Edgar Brandt’s wrought-iron pieces and Dagobert Peche’s frames.
Part Four, Ceramics, includes a rich collection of Danish and Hungarian porcelain, masterworks such as the vases and tableware designed by Gio Ponti, and pieces crafted by the School of Ceramics in Faenza, as well as many pieces from a variety of different schools and national collections.
Part Five features glasswork by such designers as Vittorio Zecchin and Guido Balsamo Stella, and a collection of Czech glassware including well-known makers of Bohemian crystal.
Part Six focuses on lace, embroidery, printed fabrics and leather, including lace table centrepieces, Lenci dolls, shawls by Depero, wonderful Guido Ravasi silks and wallpapers by the Wiener Werkstätte.

Roberto Papin held various important positions in the world of contemporary art, most importantly as the director of the Galleria comunale di Prato, Pinacoteca di Brera and the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna in Rome. His art criticism appeared in many journals and magazines.