'Fascinating…. stunning imagery of international hotel architecture and design, as well as artists' interpretations of the hotel experience' - The Globe and Mail
This fascinating and glamorous book charts the evolution of the hotel. Weaving cultural history, design, architecture and travel, Grand Hotel accompanies one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever conceived, at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
It explores the hotel as cultural artefact, 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.
This scholarly and delightful book is wide-ranging and covers subjects ranging from the function of hotels as outposts of American imperialism to the role of hotels in the plotlines of Mad Men. Richly 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, it's a great read for anyone interested in travel and design.
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Date published: April 2013
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
- ISBN: 978-3775734837
- Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 22.0 cm