You might recognize the name Gertrude Zachary if you've been in the Albuquerque, NM area and have seen the billboards for her jewelry
, or if you watch Breaking Bad, you might have noticed one of her shops
(more location details
). If you've driven around the Old Town are of Albuquerque, you might have seen the purple and green jewelry store
(Google maps streetview), vaguely reminiscent of the pueblo deco style
. But Zachary's greatest architectural legacy is her European-style castle on "skid row"
, seen in this photo gallery
and profiled in this local news segment
. [more inside]
Thomas Robinson and Eliza Heath had three sons, Thomas
(1870-1937), and William
(1872-1944), who followed in their father's (and grandfather's) footsteps as illustrators of various sorts. The most widely know was the youngest, W. Heath Robinson, whose contraptions
earned him the reputation as the UK counterpart to the US artist Rube Goldberg
. But the other two brothers are not to be overlooked. [more inside]
Worc. Telegram: "Higgins Armory Museum to close after 82 years; Collection to find home at WAM; END OF AN ERA"
The Higgins Armory in Worcester, Mass., will close on Dec. 31, 2013. Uncounted children will be saddened, as will modern swordsmen, when most of the museum's programs -- from educational "OverKnight" sleep-overs to the Academy of the Sword -- will come to a halt. Until then, though, the planned events will run full-tilt through 12/31/2013. [more inside]
Two Flickr sets of 295 illustrations
and 103 illustrations
each (plus three more illustrations
), by French artist Chéri Herouard
who is most famous for his work for "naughty French magazine" La Vie parisienne
from 1907 to his death. You can find some high quality scans from La Vie parisienne and more information about the magazine at Darwination Scans
. Quite a few of the images are not safe for work. [via Kate Beaton]
Part weird bestiary, part alien zodiac, the crystalline characters of René Lalique appear far too ethereal to ride on the noses of mere motorcars.
A selection of original Rene Lalique
car mascots, hood ornaments and radiator caps will be auctioned this weekend at the Amelia Concours d'Elegance
in Florida, but can simply be viewed as photos for those of us on a budget.
Dog and Deco.
My name is Pickles McConchie. I’m a 15 year old Art Deco and camera loving Terrier from Scotland. I like to travel the country with my bitch and pose in front of art deco factories and industrial buildings from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, as well as other twentieth century architectural gems.
A Gallery of Art Deco bookbindings.
One of the artists
was Paul Legrain (who also worked with Rose Adler
); was the tutor of Mary Reynolds,
companion and lover of Marcel Duchamp. She was also
a bookbinder extraordinaire
was an Art Deco fashion illustrator; whose work became iconic
Perhaps most famous for his collaborations
with the designer Paul Poiret
for many magazines, among them the Gazette Du Bon Ton, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Les Feuillets D'Art, and Vanity Fair where his March 1927 cover illustration launched the modeling career of Lee Miller
Some more of his illustrations on flickr
and a brief
(Related Lee Miller; haute-couture
Max Fleischer's Superman (1941-1942) In the early 1940s, Max Fleischer's Superman cartoons gave the Man of Steel an Art Deco flair and plenty of robots to defeat. Here's a brief history and some episodes of the cartoon
Graphic designer Brandon Shaeffer
blends conceptualism, block graphic, op-art and deco/streamline sensibilities. His movie poster re-designs
are particularly fabulous. Much more can be found in his Flickr stream
and tumblr blog
The Architects' Journal
(home of British architecture) has recently listed their top 10 architectural features of Star Wars
. The article cites the Sandcrawler
of Tatooine (possibly inspired by
the Hôtel du lac
in Tunisia, and in turn may have influenced Casa da Música
, requires Quicktime] ), gave Bright Tree Village an honorary rating of BREEAM
Excellent (top marks for environment-friendliness and sustainability
), then embrace the Ecumenopolis
that is Coruscant
. This is not the first discussion of the architectural styles of the Star Wars universe. George Lucas once said "I'm basically a Victorian person
," referring to his love of "all kinds of old things," including sort of Art Deco or Art Moderne-type
. The retro-futuristic styles of Star Wars has gone on to inspire others
of the painter Tamara de Lempicka; Born Maria Gorska 1898 in Poland. Lempicka lived a Life of Deco and Decadence
. Her portraits are known
for mixing “lighting by Caravaggio, tubism by Fernand Léger and lipstick by Chanel”. Her Complete works
are viewable as a slideshow
. Criticised as portraying the dubious glamour
and discipline of fascism; she became the most talked about Art Deco painter of her time; her erotic portraits
are testaments of the glittering 1920's
. Here is a reassessment (pdf
). She died in 1980 and her ashes were scattered over the volcano Popocatepetl . (wiki) (some links nsfw)
Cincinnati's Union Terminal
has been named one of the top 50 architecturally significant buildings
in America by the AIA. It was a major train station, abandoned, turned into a shopping mall, and now it currently houses the city's Museum Center
. One problem, it's falling apart
(nsfw)(1882-1932) Fashion Illustrator extraordinaire whose prints are easily found
on the web now has the first posthumous exhibition
of his work on show
in Venice. Titled: The Birth of Art Deco
Despite his prodigious output there is little biographical detail
of his life. Some of his designs
was the dominant style of the interwar era, coming out of Paris in the 1920's and ruling the roost until World War II broke out. Randy Juster's Decopix - The Art Deco Resource
has enough pictures of Art Deco architecture to send one hurtling into The Gernsback Continuum
. If that's not enough then there's always the 11000+ images of the Flickr Art Deco Pool
. But Art Deco wasn't just about architecture. On the Victoria and Albert Musem's Art Deco site one can view Art Deco objects in great detail
, rotating them and listening to audio lectures on each object. But before Art Deco was a design aesthetic it was an art-style. Illustrations for the Art Deco Book in France
has more than 170 images from the proponents of that then-new style (some images are not safe for work, especially in the George Barbier
When the town of Excelsior Springs, Mo.
decided in the 1930's to create a shrine
to its renowned mineral waters, they turned to the WPA, which built an Art Deco masterpiece
, the Hall of Waters.
is, by a wide margin, my favorite animated short ever produced. Set in the art deco Europe of the 1920's and (and released in 1997) it tells the story of a journey throughout several major vacation destinations of a wealthy tycoon, his young wife with wandering eyes, and a murderous turn of events. The story is told in reverse, from the final stage of the "vacation" back through each prior stop, and the artwork for each segment is painted in the style of the luggage travel sticker for that stop.
Spanish Civil War posters,
utilizing many early modernist styles --like Art Deco, surrealism, realism, and photomontage-- to communicate with the people of Spain, many of whom were illiterate.
761 Vintage Travel Labels
fans of art deco & european pre-war design, look no further.
Art Deco blog
From Lisbon, gatochy celebrates
the Jazz Age
(and Art Nouveau
on Wednesdays). See also Beautiful Century
and her flickr sets
, which are full of fun
OK, Seattleites, see the American flag here
? On the sidewalk below is where your 3rd & Pine McDonalds now sits. Man, I can see five buildings here that are still standing, but that red brick one at the lower right got replaced early
. Now here's the Northern Life Tower
. Note how the bricks lighten towards the top, so as to make it look taller from below--very subtle, that. It's one of Seattle's two Art Deco buildings, the other being the Exchange Building
. You can cut through that one, coming off the ferry at First Avenue and take the elevator to walk out on Second Ave rather than climb that steep hill, you know.
And consider on what playground equipment
our grandparents got to play. Lucky stiffs--you can't even find a decent 50s era swing set in a park in this town anymore. Penny Postcards From King County
, from Penny Postcards of Washington
, from Penny Postcards
. Man, I loves me some vintage postcards. And if you do, too, check that last link--it's got all 50 states.