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New book studies how Modernism shaped cruise ship design

New book studies how Modernism shaped cruise ship design
A new book landed on Seatrade Insider's editorial desk this week for review. Entitled ShipStyle: Modernism and Modernity at Sea in the 20th Century, this lavish study on some of the world's ocean liners, ferries and cruise ships examines the often-overlooked influence of Modernism on ship design in the 20th century.    

Telling the story of the development of the Modern Movement in passenger-ship design, from the first generation of steam-powered liners in the late- Victorian era to the cruise and ferries of the century's final decades, it brings together the scholarship and expertise of leading architecture, design and maritime historians.

ShipStyle includes some rare and previously unpublished images, as well as brochures, postcards, posters and general arrangement diagrams. Ships explored in detail include: Ile de France, Bremen, Normandie, United States, Cristoforo Columbo, Andrea Dorio, Rotterdam, France, Canberra, Oceanic, Sagafjord, QE2, Nordic Prince as well as many lesser known vessels.

Co-authored by Philip Dawson, a journalist specialising in shipping, transport and design-related subjects and Bruce Peter, an architecture and design historian who has worked on several TV documentaries including one on QE2, the 240 page hardback retails at £30 and is published by London-based Comway, an imprint of Anova Books. It will be published in October.