Thursday, July 19, 2012

Paul T Frankl at the NEC

Regular readers might remember that a few months ago I spent some time working at the Antiques for Everyone fair at the NEC in Birmingham. Well, that time has come again and I shall be here for the next few days wheeling, dealing and generally trying to sell books to a public who, to be honest, so far don't seem keen to part with much money. Anyway, the compensation is that there are lots of very lovely things to look at and today I found this fantastic book for sale on the stand of Nicholas Daly, bookdealer and all-round good chap. Form and Re-Form. A Practical Handbook of Modern Interiors (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1930) What an amazing record and source book for Art Deco design. Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958) was one of the leading lights in the design of Art Deco interiors and architecture in the American Modernist tradition and this book is just crammed with atmospheric b/w photos of domestic and business and public spaces in a utterly utter Art Deco style. Beautiful.

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