|Pages/Publication Date:||264 / 2015|
|Publisher:||Princeton Architectural Press|
When viewed as works of art, signs can tell us quite a lot about the culture that created them. Reflecting on four decades of engagement with European style, designer Louise Fili presents these collections, each featuring more than 200 of her page-filling color photographs of eclectic, sometimes extravagant signs.
For anyone who enjoys walking, the City of Light offers countless examples of inventive restaurant, shop, hotel, street, and advertising signs. Classic neon café signs are juxtaposed with the dramatic facades of the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère, while colorful mosaics cheerfully announce hotels, department stores, fishmongers, even public toilets. Hector Guimard's legendary entrances to the Paris Métro stations are matched with a large metal snail atop an escargot establishment, and elsewhere, oversized hanging shears indicate a knife and scissors maker.