Grand Luxe

Grand Luxe

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"Grand Luxe" is a fully illustrated book about the great transatlantic liners. The photographs capture their ostentatious luxury, while the text explores the role of the luxury ocean liner both as a showcase for representative period decor and as a reflection of the social ethos of the time. The turning-point in the history of the interior decoration of the ocean liner came in the 1880s, when a German architect called Johannes Poppe introduced the decor of his Bremen villa into the steamships of the Norddeutscher Lloyd company. The advent of the luxury liner was made possible by an increase in the amount of space for saloons etc and an improved safety record which resulted in passengers feeling sufficiently at ease to take an interest in their surroundings. Britain's Cunard and White Star lines responded to the competition with such ships as the "Mauretania" and the ill-fated "Titanic". Other liners such as the "Ile de France", the "Queen Mary" and the "Queen Elizabeth" followed until the 1950s when the steamship era finally ended.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 305 x 330mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0747502676
  • 9780747502678