The Art Deco House

The Art Deco House

Avant-garde Houses of the 1920s and 1930s

Book - 2002
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Modern architecture between the two world wars was a deliberate rejection of the past, causing a tension between traditional concepts of the home as warm, intimate, and comfortable and cool, futuristic visions of the house as a technological paradise.
Art Deco was an attempt to resolve these tensions. Some of the most popular and influential architects and designers of the past 150 years—Norman Bel Geddes and Richard Neutra, working in the US; Robert Mallet-Stevens in France; and Berthold Lubetkin in the UK—designed houses that could be defined as being in the Art Deco style. And Art Deco enjoys a new popularity today, unrivalled since its inception in the 1920s.

In The Art Deco House, architectural historian Adrian Tinniswood combines fascinating text and stunning photography to create an essential reference for anyone who loves Art Deco design. Captivating chapters provide detailed overviews of the design, decoration, furnishings, and gardens of the Art Deco house, covering such themes as streamline moderns; Modernist ideas for estates and apartment blocks; urbanism and domestic design; and more. Within each chapter, special stand-alone features draw upon contemporary literature, magazines, and museum exhibitions to demonstrate the style and philosophy of the Art Deco movement.

This remarkable guide also features hundreds of stunning, full-color examples of a broad range of Art Deco houses, including the House of Tomorrow by Norman Bel Geddes; the Henry House in Utrecht, Holland; Geragh in Sandycove, Dublin; and Rudolf Schindler's Los Angeles home.

• An essential source-book of Art Deco style, with scores of resplendent illustrations

• Features little-known houses from the US, France, Ireland, Germany, and Austria

• Provides fascinating insight into the lives of Art Deco architects and their clients

• Art Deco style is enjoying a resurgence in popularity

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Architectural historian Tinniswood profiles 32 residential buildings from around the world that were designed by a number of prominent architects that used elements of the art deco style for their work. He describes the history of the structures, examines their elements, and sets them in context of the art deco movement. Numerous photographs of exteriors and interiors accompany the profiles. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 2002
ISBN: 9780823003150
Branch Call Number: 728 TIN
Characteristics: 176 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Nov 15, 2012

More an overview into important Art Deco houses than an exploration of them. I would have wished for more photos/discussion on if/how these homes incorporated into their environments as well as more photos of their interiors to better understand their livability quotient.


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