SURVEYS, COMPETITIONS, AND PERIODICALS

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HATJE CANTZ

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Hardcover, 8.75 x 10.5 in. / 336 pgs / 452 color.

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PUB DATE 6/30/2013
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The history and evolution of this little-examined cultural phenomenon.

  

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Grand Hotel

Redesigning Modern Life

Published by Hatje Cantz
Text by William F. Baker, Todd Gannon, Bruce Grenville, Brad A. Johnson, Norman Klein, Thomas Y. Levin, Karina Longworth, Cédric Morisset, Rebecca Morse, Suzanne Oxenaar, Stephanie Rebick, Leonard Sanders, Michael Turner, Jennifer M. Volland, Matthew Weiner, et al.

From the hotel’s origin in humble inns dotted along ancient trade routes, to today’s worldwide Hilton and Hyatt networks, the concept of the hotel has come a very long way indeed. We now talk about boutique hotels and resort hotels, places that connote a relatively new lifestyle of perpetual leisure and transience, and as the role of the hotel has expanded, so too have architects and interior designers risen to the challenge, producing ever more spectacular structures. Today, the largest hotel in the world--the First World Hotel in Malaysia--boasts 6,118 rooms, and the tallest hotel--the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong--sits at the top of the 1,600-foot-high International Commerce Center. Grand Hotel is the most ambitious book on the subject yet published. Its scope is global and trans-historical: a tiny sampling of hotels featured includes the Dolder Grand Hotel and Curhaus in Zurich; SLS Bazaar in Beverly Hills; the Ace Hotel in New York; Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach; and the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam. With 350 color illustrations, it includes extended blog entries, newly commissioned essays and interviews, plus reprints and excerpts from classic texts on the topic.

Featured images are reproduced from Grand Hotel.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/19/2013

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life
The Era of Ginger and Fred

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern LifeFeatured image—a film still from Top Hat, Mark Sandrich's 1935 "envelope-pushing sex farce" starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and set in a London hotel—is reproduced from Grand Hotel, the Vancouver Art Gallery's fascinating and glamorous new study of the evolution of the hotel as "a veritable laboratory of modern life." Heavily illustrated with vintage and contemporary photographs alongside a wealth of primary source materials like renderings, advertisement, postcards, instructions for the delivery of flowers and management flow-charts, this delightful yet scholarly volume easily traverses from tropical opulence to jet-age relics, from Japanese minimalism to the Las Vegas Strip. One of our favorite titles from the Fall 2013 list. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/18/2013

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life
Vintage Postcards

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern LifeFeatured image, of a vintage motel postcard, is reproduced from Grand Hotel, the Vancouver Art Gallery's fascinating and glamorous new study of the evolution of the hotel as "a veritable laboratory of modern life." In his chapter on hotels and motels in postcards, Peter White writes, "Hotels and motels are notorious as sites in which to temporarily park the decorum, if not the inhibitions, of the everyday. Pleasure, escape, eroticism, exoticism, fantasy, sociability, appetites of various kinds, certain ideas of beauty—you name it, hotels and motels have always been there to indulge the senses on which these desires are focused. Thus, one finds, for example, images of bon vivants cocktailing in rooftop hotel lounges; food—preferably lots of it—served in swanky settings; erotically nuanced swimming pools and exotically themed motel and hotel bars. Brilliantly executed, they must surely constitute the best kitsch money can buy." continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/17/2013

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern LifeAage Strüwing's 1960 photograph of the restaurant at the legendary Arne Jacobsen-designed SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen is reproduced from Grand Hotel, the Vancouver Art Gallery's fascinating and glamorous new study of the evolution of the hotel as "a veritable laboratory of modern life." Heavily illustrated with vintage and contemporary photographs alongside a wealth of primary source materials like renderings, advertisement, postcards, instructions for the delivery of flowers and management flow-charts, this delightful yet scholarly volume easily traverses from tropical opulence to jet-age relics, from Japanese minimalism to the Las Vegas Strip. One of our favorite titles from the Fall 2013 list. continue to blog


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There's something alluring about hotel life-when you walk into a hotel room, you can become someone else. Hotels are places where anything can happen; that's why rock stars, beat poets and actors often live (and sometimes sadly die) in hotels. The title of this book references the Greta Garbo film (in which she delivers the famous line "I vant to be alone"), which interweaves the lives of a hotel's guests. Like the film, the book interweaves cultural history, design, architecture and travel. It's grand, ambitious undertaking (apparently seven years in the making) and accompanies one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever conceived, at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
This grand, global, glittery guidebook and homage to the hotel is both sexy and smart. It explores the hotel as cultural artifact, from the ultra-glamorous Waldorf Astoria hotel to the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, to motels along Route 66 and the Vegas strip, from the early twentieth century to a sci-fi future. Grand Hotel is an encyclopedic romp through hotel history. It's a hybrid illustrated reader with vintage photographs and ephemera, art works, film stills and architectural renderings.
Divided into four sections--travel, design, social and culture-- Grand Hotel features a series of muted Kodachrome postcards of roadside motels along with the blueprints for the Fontainebleau; Parisian palaces, Kozy Koach trailers in Marfa TX, and featuring the likes of Conrad Hilton, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dorothy Drapper, and Ian Schrager; the artists Chantal Ackerman, Andy Warhol; the authors and musicians F. Scott Fitzgerald, Patti Smith, Chantal Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and Joan Didion; and dozens more.
--Jane Brown

 








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