am 28. März 2000
A gem of a book.. the best in it's class. While browsing the old-fashioned way (in actual reality) for a single book that encompasses Art Deco in all it's American forms, I found this top-class book to have all that I could want. I'm currently researching Art Deco for a theatre musical, so my review here is mostly about the illustrations. You'll find all the classic images that you need, plus a lot more besides. There's history to set you up.. with chapters on Architecture, Furniture, Fittings, Sculpture, Jewellery, etc.. plus feature chapters given over to materials ( metal, glass, ceramics etc)
The images are large and well chosen, full of colour, where available, plus archival black & white, and are over-flowing in detail. Classic buildings are featured with many close-ups of period details, both interior and exterior. The text seems to be very well written and researched, with detailed captions.
In all.. more than you could fit in half a dozen books.. and priced within reach.