ART DECO

TOIL BEHIND THE GLAMOUR ! Frieze show men at work - Eros Cinema

This magnificent frieze for the auditorium wall can be seen at Eros Cinema in Mumbai if you are watching a movie in the mezzanine floor !  A Grand design to compliment the grandeur of hollywood musicals that were seen in this cinema, including My Fair Lady which screened here continuously for almost a year in the 1960s. The sculptural work depicts the toils of stage set design behind the grand cinematic experience.  Illustrated from my book  Bombay Art Deco Architecture.  

ALCOVE LIGHTING DESIGN - A Streamlined Silhouette

Sculpted into the centre of wall and ceiling for continuous alcove lighting brings a whole new feeling to emphasize design than alcove lighting more commonly designed at the corners of a ceiling.  I am Inspired by the alcove lighting design employed for the Art Deco New Empire Cinema in Mumbai.  An Illustration from my book “Bombay Art Deco Architecture”.  

ART DECO AND THE GLORIOUS AGE OF GLASS DESIGN

This magnificent Art Deco cinema, The Paramount Theatre completed in 1931 is still intact and has been restored to its original glory with gratitude to The Oakland East Bay Symphony for this restoration effort.  Owned by The City of Oakland it has been designated a historic landmark since 1977.  You can still see Classic movie screenings in grand regalia for just $ 5.00 (as of Jan 2015) in addition to Symphonies and Jazz Concerts.  Former President Bill Clinton was also here for a speaking engagement in Feb 2015 !  If you are visiting San Francisco, a trip to this theatre in Oakland is a must. Visit their website for current shows before you go.  A big thank you to Michael Kinerk ( Chairman Emeritus of The Miami Design Preservation League ) for inviting me to celebrate his birthday here and introducing me to the interior design of this architectural masterpiece ! 

 

STEAMSHIP AGE DOOR DESIGN ! New Empire Cinema in Art Deco Mumbai

This entrance door for New Empire Cinema in Mumbai, inspired by steamship age design uses a porthole design carved out in a solid teak wood door and sculpted stainless steel panels to emphasise a wavelike theme for the door.     

TROPICAL DECO - Revealed in South Miami Beach Architecture

Discover TROPICAL DETAILS such as these as you walk past and admire the architectural facades of the Miami Beach Art Deco District.  Buildings and illustration from my book “Bombay Art Deco Architecture” contrast similar TROPICAL DECO details in Mumbai’s Art Deco buildings.