ARCHITECTURE 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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Catalog: FALL 2013 p. 20   

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ISBN 9783775734837 TRADE
List Price: $60.00 CDN $79.00

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Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver Art Gallery 04/13/13-09/15/13

The history and evolution of this little-examined cultural phenomenon.

  

HATJE CANTZ

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.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Scout Magazine: Cool Things We Want

Impressive…. it’s a beautifully put together tome… we want it.

The Globe and Mail

Marsha Lederman

Fascinating…. stunning imagery of international hotel architecture and design, as well as artists' interpretations of the hotel experience.

Here Elsewhere

Kate Galicz

Unusual and unique, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life is visual culture at its best.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/17/2013

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, designed by Arne Jacobson. 1960 photograph by Aage Struwing.

Aage 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


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/19/2013

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

Grand Hotel: The Era of Ginger and Fred

Featured 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


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/18/2013

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life
Vintage Postcards

Vintage Postcards from the Grand Hotel Era

Featured 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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