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Figure 36 Oliver Hill, Landfall, Poole Harbour and the exterior colour scheme of orange and yellow was originally continued into the interior, with all fittings installed in chromium steel. 'The Uplands' (1935) at Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire even had orange drainpipes to complement the green windows. The use of colour in the interior was also a prevalent theme during the 1930s, with advice on decoration appearing in book form. The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Arts began to carry colour...

Deco American Style

The look of the exhibits was communicated throughout America by means of newspaper and magazines features, exhibition displays and department store promotions, including exhibitions at Macy's, Lord and Taylor and Abraham and Straus. A selection of almost 400 objects, including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork and textiles, was made by Charles R. Richards, director of the American Association of Museums, from the 1925 exhibition and shown nation-wide, beginning at the Metropolitan Museum of...

The Migrations of Glamour

The concept of glamour, of a particular look or style being the source of envy, aspiration and desire, only entered common usage during the twentieth century. A relatively new addition to the English language, its meaning in the eighteenth century was linked with magic, enchantment, necromancy or a sorcerer's spell. One of the earliest recorded uses was in 1721 in a Scottish verse 'When devils, wizards or jugglers deceive the sight, they are said to cast glamour o'er the eyes of the spectator'...

Books

Abrams, M. (1959) The Teenage Consumer, London London Press Exchange Albrecht, D. (1986) Designing Dreams Modern Architecture in the Movies, London Thames and Hudson Albrecht, D. (1997) The Work of Charles and Ray Eames A Legacy of Invention, New York Abrams Appadurai, A. (ed.) (1986) The Social Life of Things Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Cambridge Cambridge University Press Ash, J. and Wilson, E. (eds) (1992) Chic Thrills A Fashion Reader, London Harper Collins Atwell, D. (1981)...

Glamour and Post Modern Style

An important feature of post-modern questioning of deep-seated values was the revival of 1930s Hollywood glamour. Just as Wolfe observed the customizers' identification with streamlining, so glamour was revived and celebrated in fine art, interior decoration and fashion. Its revival also informed the development of post-modern architectural criticism. Just as the traditional structures and personalities of the world's most powerful film industry had disintegrated and were superseded by a...

At Home with Modernity

The lure of the outdoor life and the theme of the ocean liner inspired the design of private houses and apartment block buildings during the 1930s in Britain, particularly in coastal and suburban areas. Like the hotels discussed already, they frequently featured balconies for sunbathing, sun terraces or even sleeping porches. Geographically, moderne houses were most frequently constructed in the more prosperous south of England, with very few examples in the north of the country. They were...

New Looks Glamour Design and Cinema

The worthy displays of good design offered by the Council of Industrial Design and of fine art by the Arts Council of Great Britain could not compete for popular attention with the growing stream of American imported goods during the 1950s. The attractiveness of the goods was reinforced by the glamour of Hollywood film and American television during the period. The lifestyle depicted on the Hollywood screen and, from 1955, on the small screen in the form of television portrayed America as the...

Hollywood Hot Rods and Choppers

Customizing, that is altering standard motor vehicles to improve performance and looks, had begun in America in 1920. Modifications were made to the Ford Model T through the availability of custom-made body shells and performance engine parts. The customizing of standard cars escalated in the 1930s, when the hot rod style was created for racing. 'Hot' signified modification, and 'rod' was an abbreviation of 'roadster', as in the Model T roadster. The hot rods were constructed for speed and...

Culture Is Good For

Efforts were made by the British elite to patrol the Council of Industrial Design in 1945, the Arts Council in 1946 and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the same year. Competition for Hollywood also came from television, although it was less advanced than in the US, with the BBC offering worthy, middle-brow entertainment from the early 1950s and commercial television offering something more popular from 1955. Rationing continued until 1953, and was even more severe than during the war in...