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Art Deco Britain

Buildings of the interwar years

Elain Harwood



ISBN: 9781849945271

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Publication date: 3 October 2019

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ASIN: B082P45SS6

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Publication date: 12 December 2019

Category: Art & Illustration

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The definitive guide to Art Deco buildings in Britain.

The perennially popular style of Art Deco influenced architecture and design all over the world in the 1920s and 1930s – from elegant Parisian theatres to glamorous Manhattan skyscrapers. The style was also adopted by British architects, but, until now, there has been little that really explains the what, where and how of Art Deco buildings in Britain. In Art Deco Britain, leading architecture historian and writer Elain Harwood, brings her trademark clarity and enthusiasm to the subject as she explores Britain’s Art Deco buildings.

Art Deco Britain, published in association with the Twentieth Century Society, is the definitive guide to the architectural style in Britain. The book begins with an overview of the international Art Deco style, and how this influenced building design in Britain. The buildings covered include Houses and Flats; Churches and Public Buildings; Offices; Hotels and Public Houses; Cinemas, Theatres and Concert Halls; and many more.

The book covers some of the best-loved and some lesser-known buildings around the UK, such as the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Eltham Palace, Broadcasting House and the Carreras Cigarette Factory in London. Beautifully produced and richly illustrated with architectural photography, this is the definitive guide to a much-loved architecture style.


Elain Harwood is a historian with Historic England, and author of Space Hope and Brutalism, England’s Post-War Listed Buildings and Art Deco Britain. She gives lectures and leads tours for the C20 Society, and has published Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in association with them, HE and the RIBA, and 100 Buildings/Houses/Churches/Landscapes, 100Years in association with Batsford. She lives in London.



'For readers interested in architecture this is definitely a book to place on the coffee table'

Devon Life

'Harwood’s contribution to this genre is a valuable and pleasurable one'


'A flickable full-colour guide that’s easy and accessible to read'


'This enjoyable survey illustrates quite how theatrical [the Art Deco] moment was'

FT Weekend, 'Essential Reads of 2019'

'An authoritative guide to a much-loved architectural style.'

Grand Designs

 ‘This is catnip for the architecture tourist’

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