Furniture & Interiors of the 1940s

Furniture & Interiors of the 1940s
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Anne Bony. Preface by Eric Philippe.

Paris. Flammarion. 2003. English edition. First published in French in 2002. Hardback, dust jacket. 224 pages. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. 305 x 250mm (12 x 9"). 1.85kg. 2080111582. English. Very good; light shelf wear to jacket, small ink mark to lower edge.

Now out-of-print and hard to find, this book remains one of the key surveys in English of the furniture and interiors of the 1940s. All the key designers are included. 'The 1940s marked a period of transition in interior design: the quarrel between ancient and modern was outdated, the combination of function and art was essential, and interior designers were more focused on new creations rather than on post-war reconstruction. Following the cubist and art-deco eras, and the modernity of the thirties, the 1940s offered an innovative return to designs influenced by the Neo-classical and the Louis XVI styles - a return to the rustic and to rocaille. The style of this period exhibits all the contradictions that arise from a society that was in a general state of shock, unsure of what the future would hold. Exemplary cabinet making marks the period, featuring famous names like T.H. Robsjorn-Gibbing and George Nelson from the United States. In France, Adnet, Arbus, Dominique, Kohlmann, Jallot, and Leleu produced sumptuous ensembles, with beautiful detailing. 1940s Furniture and Interiors features the work of numerous designers in 300 archival images and recent colour photographs.' (from the publisher's description).