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Spanish design and architecture
Coad, Emma Dent.
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Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, 1990.
Physical Description:
208 pages ; 27 cm
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N7108 .C55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A well illustrated sourcebook that examines the traditional underpinnings and contemporary expression of Spain's fashion, furniture, graphic design, product design, interiors, and architecture. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The newly liberal climate of the post-Franco era has given birth to a ``distinctive Spanish style . . . radical, witty, confident,'' writes Coad, a London-based design lecturer. In architecture, staid conservatism has been supplanted by an ``organic rationalism'' full of soft, human touches. She finds Spaniards' love of open spaces pervading homes, shops, restaurants and interior design, and sees irony, which she claims is Spain's favorite type of humor, in ``new expressionist'' paintings by Pedro Almodovar and in the contortions of a bar stool. Included in this delightful, comprehensive survey are the asymetric women's fashions of Sybilla, radical jewelry designs from the island of Menorca and posters trenchant with political and cultural symbols. Featuring 200 plates, three-fourths in color, this album closes with references to the Barcelona Olympics, the Seville World Expo and Madrid's ``Capital of the Year,'' events all slated for 1992. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

During the past decade Spain, long repressed under the Catholic church, the monarchy, and dictator Francisco Franco, has emerged as a center of world art and fashion, a phenomenon called "La Movida," or "The Movement." Coad has undertaken the difficult task of summarizing the new Spanish arts with admirable success, thanks to a fine introductory chapter outlining the role of a variety of political, religious, artistic, and cultural components in what she calls "the Spanish outlook." The book has six main chapters covering architecture, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture, and product design, and these are illustrated with more than 200 color photographs. A final chapter, "Planning the Future," looks buoyantly toward 1992 when Spain will host the Olympics, the World Expo, and Madrid's European Cultural Capital celebrations. A 200-page format with so many illustrations does not allow for much depth, but the author is to be commended for never losing sight of the themes that make this work distinctively Spanish. A chronology, bibliography, and index follow. Recommended for design students and for the general public. -J. Quinan, SUNY at Buffalo