Art Deco Amsterdam

The very gothic looking Pathé Tuschinski Cinema in Amsterdam is a mix of styles with an amazing art deco interior.

Tuschinski is a huge, Art Deco cinema palace located between the Muntplein Munt tower (near the world-famous flower market) and the Rembrandtplein. Walking around the flower market area, you should see two towers by Tuschinski rising above other buildings. Built by the polish immigrant  Abraham Icek Tuschinski (1898-1942), the cinema opened in 1921 and it is still around today with its Art Deco interior one of the most intriguing buildings in Amsterdam.

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Tuschinski arrived in Rotterdam from Poland. Cinema was a new craze when he arrived and Tuschinski managed to open four cinemas in Rotterdam. In 1917, Tuschinski moved to Amsterdam, and a year later began the construction of the now world-famous cinema in Amsterdam at the time it cost around 4 million guilders.

The cinema is a mixture of Art Deco with the style of the Dutch Amsterdam School and some Art Nouveau mixed in for good measure. The original architect could not finish the building and Tuschinski fired him before the end of the construction, and two other architects ended up completing the interiors.

Fancy a weekend in Amsterdam to visit this gem?

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Fancy a tour around Art Deco London?

Explore London with knowledgeable, passionate tour guides and enjoy a memorable day filled with fun. Entertaining and engaging, these walks make for an unforgettable experience.

Billed as “The home of London’s original Art Deco Tours” Yannick Pucci is a tour guide in London.
Combining his love of architecture and history, his ‘Art Deco’ tours explore the sophisticated glamour and severe functionality of the 1920s and 1930s design. His ‘Art Deco in Bloomsbury’ tour has been featured on a popular ‘Londonist Out Loud’ radio podcast with novelist N Quentin Woolf, and his ‘Art Deco in the Strand‘ tour has been mentioned on the ‘Vintage Guide to London’ website. The latest tour in this series, ‘Art Deco in the West End’, explores London’s Jazz Age heritage through the prism of the nascent automobile industry, modern(ist) retail spaces and iconic ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’-style cinemas.

Check out more on his website


Stunning Art Deco Interiors of Eltham Palace

Whilst the original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham, and used as a royal residence from the 14th to the 16th century, Eltham Palace is better known now for it’s most recent owners part of the Courtauld textile family.
In 1933, Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia Courtauld acquired the lease of the palace site and restored the Great Hall. They also did some modernising by building an elaborate new home which they decorated internally in the Art Deco style. The dramatic Entrance Hall was created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer.

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All a sharp contrast to the medieval hall.

The palace and its garden are open to the public and can be hired for weddings and other functions.




Amazing Examples of Art Deco in South Beach Miami

It’s August and it’s hot so one can’t help but think of sunnier climes and beaches. Art Deco enclaves around the world like Miami Beach and South Beach and Fort Lauderdale mean if you are interested in Art Deco you can incorporate your love of architecture with a holiday.

Now imagine if Du Cane Court had been built in South Beach Miami! Not only would there be more likelihood of every flat having a balcony but there is a possibility that instead of brick there would be painted plasterwork.

Imagine if they had painted Du Cane this colour! It would definitely be a tourist attraction.

Or maybe some peach eyelids over the windows on Du Cane Court would add interest?

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Peach and jade green were definitely in vogue during the Art Deco heydays.

Maybe something a little more cavalier…

Or a subtle neon signage with pastel painted background over the reception at Du Cane Court would be more your style? Like the Breakwater.

See the Delano below…

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Du Cane Court is definitely as imposing as the Delano but now the bar has gone and the restaurant it’s not quite so chic.

Du Cane is probably more suited to some subtle marble than the neon of the signage.

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A lemon sorbet DCC would be seen from miles around and possibly glow in the dark!

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Not as vibrant as the Waldorf Towers though in bright orange.

What’s your favourite South Beach / Miami inspiration for a Du Cane Court makeover? Answers on a postcard…





Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Okay so it’s not always about Du Cane Court. If you love DCC it’s likely you have a liking for other Art Deco gems around the world. Here are some great shots of Art Deco London.

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Bloomsbury in London

Senate House in Bloomsbury London’s first sky scraper.

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Hamilton Court in Maida Vale

Gillette Corner now more know for Sky and Tesco…

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Another in Bloomsbury, now a Byron burger restaurant on Store Street

Coram Street imposing art deco edifice.

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Fitzrovia on New Cavendish Street often missed because of the pub beneath.

North of Fitzrovia near The Regents Park is the Melià White House Hotel

Even Leicester Square has some hidden gems

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The Most Beautiful McDonald’s in the World is in Australia

This Art Deco Gem is now a McDonald’s and is in Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia and “We’re Lovin’ It’

The McDonald’s restaurant in Clifton Hill, Melbourne is quite possibly the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world. I’m not sure but perhaps we should have a poll? It’s certainly better than the Maccas on Balham High Road within walking distance of Du Cane Court anyway!

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Even at night it looks amazing although a little garish with the McDonalds signage.

McDonalds, Clifton Hill

It has bands of different coloured bricks providing art deco style decoration on the ground floor. Check out some of these amazing pictures detailing the central stepped fin and curved wings with deep rounded balconies almost like Miami Beach and South Beach architecture of the time (which makes sense when you consider the climate). The windows overlooking the balconies are also curved.

McDonalds, Clifton Hill

Originally the building was quite fittingly for this website, the United Kingdom Hotel, located at 199 Queens Parade and designed by James Hastie Wardrop and constructed between 1937 and 1938.

Clifton Hill McDonalds

It’s even approved by the Hufffington Post who call it one of the coolest McDonalds in their list!

Read more and check out their pictures of other cool McDonalds at Huffington Post.

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Don’t live in Beautiful Art Deco Du Cane Court but want to see inside?

The wonders of technology and social media mean many of the residents of Du Cane Court have shared pictures of the inside of this stunning 1930’s building on Balham High Road in South London.

From the wonders of the balustrades to the original art deco features.

Even the utilitarian stairwells have some lovely touches and flourishes.

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And why do so many people want to live here? Well, the views and sunsets are unrivalled in south London.

This ladies, gentlemen and those not defined by gender is why so many people want to live in this amazing art deco block of flats in south London.