Sheldon and Martha Cheney: ART AND THE MACHINE: AN ACCOUNT OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN IN 20TH-CENTURY AMERICA. New York/London: Whittlesey House/McGraw Hill Book Company, Inc., 1936. First Edition. Octavo. Black cloth stamped in silver. 307 pp. 106 black and white plates. Black cloth lightly spotted. Spine mildly cocked and textblock edges dusty. A bit of foxing early and late, otherwise a very good copy.
7.25 x 9.5 hardcover book with 307 pages and 106 black and white plates. Remarkable for the lucidity and perceptiveness of its text and illustration, ART AND THE MACHINE is — quite simply — one of the finest printed artifacts of the American Moderne Movement. Whatever you call it — Art Deco, Moderne Industrial design, Moderne, Streamlined Modern, International, Constructivism, Functionalism, American Studio Art — its all good and its all well-represented in this landmark volume.
Everywhere, there is to be found merchandise to be distinguished by the beauty that is peculiarly a product of artist and machine working together.
The Cheneys were among the first to closely examine the historical influences and aesthetic impact of streamlined shapes and curvilinear geomertry in the fields of industrial design, architecture, and decoration all before the popularization of the term "Art Deco."
Industrial Design Emerages
Backgrounds in Art and in Industry
Handicraft and Machine Craft
Makers of a New Profession
The Streamline as Symbol
Trains, Ships, Streamlines
The New Architecture as Industrial Design
Instead of Interior Decoration
All Things Reconsidered
Justifications in Industry
Design, the Machine, and Education
Includes references to the work of Alexander Archipenko, Egmont Arens, Marcel Breuer, Harvey Wiley Corbett, Donald Deskey, Donald Dohner, Henry Dreyfuss, Buckminster Fuller, Norman Bel Geddes, Walter Gropius, Lurelle Guild, Vahan Hagopian, Robert Heller, John Woodman Higgins, Wolfgang Hoffmann (Hoffman), Raymond Hood, George Howe, Gustav Jensen, Ely Jacques Kahn, Walter Kantack, George Fred Keck, Frederick Kiesler, Kocher & Frey, Otto Kuhler, Le Corbusier, Eleanor LeMaire, William Lescaze, Raymond Loewy, Peter Muller-Munk, William Muschenheim, Richard Neutra, John Gordon Rideout, Gilbert Rohde, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, George Sakier, Morris B. Sanders, R. M. Schindler, Joseph Sinel, Carl Sundberg, Walter Dorwin Teague, Joseph (Josef) Urban, Harold Van Doren, Kurt Versen, Marianna Von Allesch, Kem Weber, Paul Wiener, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright, Russel Wright and others.