Saturday, August 20, 2011

Art Deco Dorchester

It's Art Nouveau book design that seems to most get the collectors' heart racing, and there's good reason for that I suppose, but every now and again an Art Deco designed book does come across my desk and since yesterday's post was about Stephen Tennant and the Bright Young Things I thought we might have a look at their natural habitat...

This book was published to commemorate the opening of the Dorchester Hotel in London in 1931. The first half is a short story by Michael Arlen 'A Young Man Comes to London' and the second half of the book is an essay on the new hotel. The most striking part of the production, apart from the zig-zag cloth used in the binding, is four fold-out colour plates showing artists depictions of various areas in the hotel.

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