Cars

The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, and Japanese ingenuity.

Sources are eclectic, results mixed, but one thing is certain: car design is being forced up an ever tightening spiral of creativity. These machines are memorials of our tastes, yearnings and capabilities. They have layers of meaning and can, as Henry Ford knew, be read like a book...if only you know how. The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, Japanese ingenuity, Swedish responsibility.Cars featured appear in chronological date order from the 1908 Ford Model T to 2003 BMW 5 Series. The chosen cars will be specially photographed in a uniform style and reproduced in very textured, 4 colour b/w so as to distance this book from the cliches and conventions of specialist automotive publishing and to highlight form and shape. Each picture will be accompanied by a short critical essay including essential historical material together with colourful anecdotage and quotations as well as a persuasive aesthetic appraisal of each vehicle. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.
Author:
Stephen Bayley
Format:
Hardcover

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The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, and Japanese ingenuity.

Sources are eclectic, results mixed, but one thing is certain: car design is being forced up an ever tightening spiral of creativity. These machines are memorials of our tastes, yearnings and capabilities. They have layers of meaning and can, as Henry Ford knew, be read like a book...if only you know how. The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, Japanese ingenuity, Swedish responsibility.Cars featured appear in chronological date order from the 1908 Ford Model T to 2003 BMW 5 Series. The chosen cars will be specially photographed in a uniform style and reproduced in very textured, 4 colour b/w so as to distance this book from the cliches and conventions of specialist automotive publishing and to highlight form and shape. Each picture will be accompanied by a short critical essay including essential historical material together with colourful anecdotage and quotations as well as a persuasive aesthetic appraisal of each vehicle. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.

Product details

Author:
Stephen Bayley
Subtitle:
Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything
Publisher:
Conran Octopus
Photographer:
Tif Hunter
ISBN:
9781840915044
Width (mm):
267
Length (mm):
292
Table of Contents:
  • General introduction covering the cultural history of car design. 1908 Ford Model T 1934 Citroen 11cv Traction Avant 1935 Lincoln Zephyr 1936 Chrysler Airflow 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 1941 Jeep 1947 Cisitalia 202 1948 Cadillac 61 1948 Jaguar XK120 1948 Land-Rover 1949 Porsche 356 1949 Citroen 2cv 1949 Volkswagen 1949 Ford 1949 SAAB 92 1950 Bentley R Type Continental 1950 Volkswagen Transporter 1953 Studebaker Starlight 1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 1953 Panhard Dyna 1953 AC Ace 1953 Chevrolet Corvette 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1954 Ford Thunderbird 1954 Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 1955 MGA 1955 Fiat 600 1955 Citroen DS 1955 BMW 507 1956 Volvo Amazon/120 1956 Fiat 500 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 1957 Lotus Elite 1958 Fiat Multipla 1958 Nash Metropolitan 1959 Jaguar Mark II 1959 Volvo P1800 1959 Chevrolet Corvair 1959 Austin A40 1959 Mini 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 1961 Lincoln Continental 1961 Jaguar E-Type 1961 BMW 1500 1961 NSU Prinz 1961 Alfa-Romeo Giulia 1961 Renault 4 1962 Lancia Flavia Zagato 1963 Ford Cortina 1963 Porsche 911 1963 Buick Riviera 1963 Rover P6 1963 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 1963 Panhard 24CT 1963 Ferrari 250GTO 1964 Ford Mustang 1965 Oldmobile Toronado 1965 Toyota 2000GT 1966 Toyota Corolla 1966 Volvo 144 1966 Alfa-Romeo Spider 1967 NSU Ro80 1967 Alfa-Romeo Montreal 1968 Ferrari Daytona 1968 Pontiac GTO 1968 Jaguar XJ6 1970 Citroen SM 1970 Range-Rover 1971 Alfasud 1971 Fiat 130 Coupe 1971 Lamborghini Countach 1972 BMW 5 series 1972 Renault 5 1974 Volkswagen Golf 1977 SAAB 99 Turbo 1979 Fiat Panda 1982 Ford Sierra 1982 Audi 100 1992 Renault Twingo 1998 Smart 1999 Renault Avantime 2002 Nissan Cube 2003 BMW 5
Weight (g):
2885

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