July 12, 2007

1920's Style

I am not a huge fan of this era, but when I found a little book about it at the Book Thing the other week, I couldn't resist picking it up. Reading through it has been a great way to educate myself on the works of Le Corbusier, Klee, Braque and Mondrian, among others. This is an era when architects also became interested in designing furniture with both new and old materials.
The little book I got was published by Hamlyn in 1969 after being translated from the original Italian version, published in 1966. It is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, none of which have lost their vividness, as old photos do. One sweet thing about the book is that it is littered with scraps of paper, marking specific pages.
The book was creased open to the two pages showing Jeanne Lanvin's bedroom and bathroom, which are just lovely. They're not the overblown style that some 1920's rooms have and have maintained their classic good looks for almost 100 years.


  1. Fantastic book - looks like a keeper to me. Love this style; so modern without being minimal.

  2. That looks like a great book, and those photos are so vivid! Lucky you!

  3. I had seen the bedroom before, but not the bath! It is so current looking, beautiful! What a great find.

  4. Ooh, now I like that era design-wise. Love to live in a 20's-style room like those.

  5. Great photos! that's exactly where my inspiration comes from. what's the name of the book? thanks for the post!


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