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Elements of Design: A Practical Encyclopedia of the Decorative Arts from the Renaissance to the Present
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In the bestselling tradition of 'The Elements of Style, The Elements of Design' is a comprehensive visual survey of the design styles that have had the greatest impact on the decorative arts in the Western world. With more than 3,000 prints, photographs, and line drawings, the book covers five centuries of the Western decorative arts tradition, including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Regency, Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, and the Space Age. The key elements of the Western decorative arts tradition are explored chronologically. Each chapter begins with a broad introduction to the era, summarizing its key style features. Within the chapter there follows close examination of individual objects, including ceramics, glass, silver and metalwork, furniture, and textiles. All the items illustrated form a visual vocabulary of each design movement. The book also includes biographies of innovative designers, information on conservation and maintenance, and a comprehensive glossary of design terms. Compiled by a team of experts under the guidance of design specialists Noel Riley and Patricia Bayer, 'The Elements of Design' is an indispensable reference work for collectors, design historians, interior decorators, set designers, and all those interested in our decorative arts heritage. The team behind 'The Elements of Style' has produced an elegant companion that will appeal to an even broader audience. 'The Elements of Design' presents a comprehensive visual survey covering five centuries of the styles that have influenced the decorative arts in the Western world. 3,000+ prints, photos & line drawings.