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The Age of Combustion

Notes on Automobile Design

By (author) Stephen Bayley


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  • Author Stephen Bayley considers the car as the greatest cultural and design phenomenon of the 20th century
  • Includes 60 of his popular monthly articles for Octane – the leading classic car magazine
Full Description

The automobile is the ultimate analogue machine and mankind’s most ingenious, seductive and damaging invention. For over a century, cars have provided reference points for our notions of style, status and desire. In design terms, the Age of Combustion was as rich and varied as architecture’s Baroque – and far more popular. And now it is coming to an end, as the internal-combustion engine is superseded by the battery and cars become wheeled computers, running on AI not oil. Together with a wide-ranging introduction, this book reproduces 60 of Stephen Bayley’s popular monthly columns for Octane, the outstanding classic car magazine where, for more than 10 years, he has provided the most consistent and insightful commentary on car culture, often based on privileged access to industry insiders.

About the Author
Stephen Bayley is an author, critic, consultant, broadcaster, curator and founding director of the influential Design Museum. Over the past 30 years his writing has changed the way the world thinks about design. A lead columnist for Octane, the leading monthly classic car magazine, and the author of Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything, he is one of the world’s most respected commentators on car culture.

Tom Wolfe on Stephen Bayley: ‘I don’t know anybody with more interesting observations about style, taste and contemporary design’.
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Circa Press
18th Jun 2021
210 mm x 160 mm
228 Pages
24 b&w
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