Top 5 Selling Books on Art Deco

In this post we outline the top ten selling books (on Amazon.co.uk) on all things Art Deco.

NUMBER 1

“Miller’s Art Deco: Living with the Art Deco Style”
The Art Deco style is still as fresh today as it was when it made its appearance in the 1920s. In this lovely illustrated guide, antiques expert Judith Miller explains the Art Deco style with key tips on what to look for as a collector.

The book covers all the main areas of interest to collectors with chapters on furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, sculpture, silver and plastics, rugs and textiles and prints and posters. It also contains biographies of all the key designers and makers together with “Good, Better, Best, Masterpiece” listings comparing features from a range of makers and factories.

NUMBER 2

“Art Deco: The Golden Age of Graphic Art & Illustration”

This wonderfully illustrated book shows the influence of Art Deco on graphic art and illustration. Covering three main areas: the movement, its fashion and advertising, it provides insights into the innovators and artists who created and popularised the Art Deco movement such as Paul Colin, Erte, Georges Barbier and Cassandre.

It also features other forms of Art Deco beyond graphic art including sculpture, jewellery, paintings and object d’art. This shows the powerful influence of the design across all artistic media.

NUMBER 3

“Art Deco 1910 – 1939”

Bevis Hillier of the Literary Review says “The best book on Art Deco to have appeared so far, and likely to remain so”

This authoritative book comprising 40 essays with lavish illustrations brings together leading experts to discuss the sources, variation of forms of expression, the distinctive visual language and global appeal of Art Deco. The style came to epitomise the luxury, glamour and hedonism of the Jazz Age with its flapper girls, Hollywood films, skyscrapers and luxury ocean liners. Bursting onto the stage at the Exposition nationale des art decoratifs et industriels in Paris in 1925, it rapidly spread across the globe, influencing everything from plastic radios to skyscrapers in New York. This book takes an in-depth look at what was possibly the most popular style of the twentieth century with a very comprehensive bibliography for each chapter.

NUMBER 4

“Art Deco House Styles (Britain’s Living History)

The sobriety of the Victorian and Edwardian eras was swept away by the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s, heralding new homes that were colourful, bright and exciting. The author, Trevor Yorke uses colour photos and his own drawings to illustrate the details and distinctive features of genuine Art Deco homes. Featuring chapters on interiors including Art Deco furnishings and fittings, wallpapers, fabrics as well as door handles, light fittings and hinges, this book shows the true range of domestic Art Deco style.

Drawing inspiration from modern architecture and Egyptian forms, Art Deco style produced white streamlined houses with geometric patterned interiors. Considered the height of luxury  and glamour, these homes are still sought after today.

NUMBER 5

“Art Deco Interiors: Decoration and Design Classics of the 1920s and 1930s”

This book uses contemporary illustrations and photographs of selected interiors to illustrate the design ingenuity of Art Deco artists and designers. It follows the stylistic evolution and main motifs of the style, from the triumph of the 1925 ‘high style’ shown at the Paris exhibition, through the development of the ‘Streamline Moderne’ offshoots that became popular in the United States and the revival of Deco for the new generation of post-modern designers.