This series carefully reproduces the best of "Decorative Art, The Studio Yearbook." Published annually from 1906 until 1980, now hard-to-find and highly prized by collectors and dealers, the yearbooks were dedicated to currents in architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, metalware, and ceramics. This volume explores the spirit of optimism and the fervent consumerism of the 50's. Technology and construction had been invigorated by research during the war and these discoveries could now be applied in peacetime. The popularization of plastics, fiberglass, and latex literally shaped the decade. Rising incomes and postwar rebuilding on both sides of the Atlantic led to a massive housing boom in both the suburbs and inner cities, and these new homes reflected the new style. While European design was extraordinarily inventive, American design was looking to an idealized vision of the future -- between them a modern idiom was developed that can be seen vividly on these pages. This low-priced special edition has been issued in honor of Taschen's 25th anniversary. Thick, 576 pps., softbound, color and b&w.