Author(s): Arnold Schwartzman
New and updated edition featuring an exhaustive collection of London's Art Deco style from factories and underground stations to theatres and private residences. Contains more than 200 stunning photographs offering a visual journey through London and beyond. 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 theatres, 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. This richly illustrated book offers a fascinating and detailed look at the Art Deco style from building design to decorative detail.
Arnold Schwartzman is an Academy Award-winning film-maker, a noted graphic designer, and the author of scores of books. He began his design career in British television, and later won awards for his television commercials. In 1968 he joined the board of Conran Design group as the Graphics Director. In 1978 he moved to Hollywood, and since 1996 he has designed many of the key elements for the annual Academy Awards, including posters and programmes. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE and in 2006 he was appointed Royal Designer For Industry by the RSA.