Font-o-phile...Art Deco version / by Sarah

As a graphic artists and photographer I am always looking at the power of fonts and images, in magazines, on buildings, menus, and brochures.  I can't stop looking and analyzing what works, what doesn't and what I might want to use.  Take for example the dreaded Papyrus font.  Even if you don't know it, you know it.  It is everywhere, and as my husband can attest to, it drives me nuts.

Well, I was flipping though my March 2010 Vanity Fair the other night and just fell in love with this photo of two female Disney artists touching up a studio lot sign.  Aside from their impeccable dress and hair, I love love love the studio lot sign.  It is that same sanserif, modern font I have obsessed about in the past.  The article that follows, "Coloring the Kingdom", is about the scores of female artists needed to ink and paint the hundreds of thousands of cells used to create full length animated features like Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia.  Basically, they were the cogs and wheels that made the Disney machine of 30's and 40's run.  The speed and detail demanded of them was amazing.  Definitely go check it out.


Art Deco Around Boston

While walking around downtown Boston with my camera the other day, and with the Vanity Fair article fresh in my head, I found myself drawn to more fabulous 30's and 40's Art Deco details that seemed to pop up all over.  The details in the buildings of that time period are wonderful.  Simple directional signs with shiny, gold style.  Just look at the craftsmanship!

Love how the "Push" sign is integrated in to the bar of the revolving door.

Sanserif stairway sign

Almost an organic feel here for the directory board.

The details kill me, these feel Egyptian inspired.

Look at this ridiculously gorgeous fan patterned air vent!  Too much.


Art Deco/Hollywood Regency interiors - modern interpretation

The famous interior designer Kelly Wearstler is known for her "Hollywood Regency" style of interior design which veers more into the 50's, but is very much based on the Art Deco style of the 30's and 40's.  For Christmas, my wonderful sister-in-law gave me Kelly's new book Hue and it is chalk full of her wonderful opulent style.  I love it.

True to the title, the interiors and photographs are arranged in hues, but not just any hues.  Hues like, cerulean, tourmaline and peridot.  No such thing as boring blue, green and turquoise for Kelly.

Here are some of my favorites.  I don't know if I could live in them.  I am a little more minimal in my approach to interior design, but these are still fabulous and interesting spaces.

Great Vignettes

Bone flatware, creepy cool way to eat a meal.

Bergdorf's dinning room...much more my way eat.

Scans and photos of the book by me.