Art Deco Chicago

Designing Modern America

A wide-ranging look at Chicago’s pivotal role in developing Art Deco in America, designed and produced by CityFiles Press

Lavishly illustrated with 325 images, this book describes Art Deco’s evolution by taking a close look at 101 key works in and around Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright’s lost Midway Gardens, the classic Sunbeam Mixmaster, the famed Marshall Field’s window displays and dozens of influential Art Deco designs were created in Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century.

This ambitious overview of the city’s architectural, product, industrial, and graphic design between 1910 and 1950 offers a fresh perspective on a style that would come to represent the dominant mode of modernism in America. Art Deco came to define middle-class style in the twentieth century; Chicago was at the heart of the movement.

Essays from leading authorities discuss the ways in which Art Deco created an entire visual universe that extended to architecture, advertising, household objects, clothing, and even food design. (See the streamlined Twinkie.)

Art Deco Chicago provides an indispensable overview of both this influential style and the metropolis that came to embody it.

Hardcover: 412pages; 157 gsm paper + flood varnish over color images

  • ISBN-13: 978-0300229936
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.6 inches
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