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London Art Deco Paperback – 2 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Palazzo Editions (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956444873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956444875
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2007
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The best of London Deco captured by Arnold Schwartzman and in the same style as his previous excellent 'Deco LAndmarks: Art Deco Gems of Los Angeles'. Both books work well because he took all the photos and so there is a consistency of color and composition. I thought one of the strengths of the LA book was the many photos of architectural detail work, whether inside a building or out and the same applies to this London edition.

All types of Deco buildings are covered though very little of residential buildings (flats and individual houses) a good selection of these in the capital can be found in 'The Modern House Today' by Nick Dawe and Kenneth Powell. London Transport rightly gets a good showing with twenty photos and cinemas have a fine selection of detail that I bet passers-by never notice. One of the great Deco buildings in Britain is the Hoover Factory, opened between 1932 and 1937 and now a supermarket, though the owners Tesco, thankfully took the trouble to preserve all the original features. The amazing entrance suggests it might be the headquarters of Aztec Airways.

Overall a handsomely produced book and a lovely tribute to London Deco.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2011
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This is a nicely produced little book with some excellent photographs, particularly of the sculpture adorning the 1920s and 30s buildings reviewed. The book is quite strong on the decorative features of buildings but it is most certainly not a comprehensive review of Art Deco in London. The level of background information on the designers or the depth of historical context provided is trivial. The book retails at a full price of £9.99 which is expensive but may be worth purchasing at a lower price for some of the photographs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAMES @ TYPHOON on 28 May 2011
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I know that there are a lot of deco buildings in London but this book introduced me to many more that I'd never heard mentioned. The illustrations are excellent and it would be an essential pocket guide for a London tour of deco buildings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Baker on 23 Feb. 2010
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This is a book on architecture, not interiors. It gives a great picture of the great London buildings of the period, relying on images rather than text. As long as you accept that there is little in the way of history or explanatory text - and that interiors and private buildings are largely neglected - it does the job well, highlighting some real classics.
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By G Hogg on 9 Sept. 2013
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This is a beautifully presented book and excellent value. A small, neat volume which is a pleasure to dip into. It is a splendid record of some of London's special buildings. It encourages the visitor to London, or resident to seek out even more examples of the period.
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This was bought as a present for my wife who is a fan of Art Deco in all it's forms. She tells me that despite that she already owns several books on the subject this one was still of great interest to her
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