By Winston Goodfellow (Author), Beverly Rae Kimes (Author), Darcy Kuronen (Author), Ralph Lauren (Contributor), Michael Furman (Photographer).
Bugatti and Bentley, Alfa and Aston, Mercedes and McLaren--these are not merely cars, they are some of the most exquisite automobiles ever assembled, selected by Ralph Lauren, one of the most foremost designers of our time. This breathtaking volume, which accompanies a major exhibition at the MFA, Boston, features 29 of these wonders--from such unparalleled masterpieces as the 1930 Mercedes Benz "Count Trossi," the 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia, and the 1938 Bugatti Atlantic Coupe to marvels from Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, and eve a Ford "Woody"--each of these vehicles is bautifully and lovingly photographed and presented with authoritative elegance. Complimenting the images are sketches of these and other cars--rarely seen drawings that give insight into the conceptual and development stages of the automobiles. Speed, Style, and Beauty is the first book on cars to center its discussion squarely on the car''s role as an art object.
The 29 chapters, by two of the best known and most respected authors writing about cars today, gives the indispensible background information, but also approaches the cars the way an art historian would approach fine scultpture--treating them as consummate works of decorative art for the modern age. With over 160 color images by world renowned photographer Michael Furman, plus an introductory interview with Ralph Lauren who discusses the links between the cars and his overall design philosophy, this is an elegant yet informative book that will delight both the rampant car enthusiast and aficionados of great design in any form.
It brings the glamour of the 30s, the opulent ease of the 50s, and the charged excitement of the 80s, as reflected in the sleekly curved chrome and steel of these timeless dream machines--the perfect marriage of speed, style, and beauty.
Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.