Inter-war obsessive, art deco hoarder, and aspiring architectural photographer Philip Butler has set out to document the remains of Great Britain’s 1930s architecture. Amongst these aging structures lie what is left of the country’s first faltering steps into the modern architectural movement. Often in need of sympathetic renovation,  occasionally on the brink of demolition, but always appreciated by those in the locality, Philip has been capturing what is left of ‘yesterday’s future’ while it remains standing.

In September 2017 Philip published his debut printed work ‘Streamline Worcestershire – Discovering the Art Deco & Inter-war Modernist Architecture of the County’; a short-run 168 page, photo-driven hardback history book, cataloguing his home county’s 1930s legacy.

In addition to other projects, 2018 will see the development ODEON Relics, an on-going series of images, capturing what remains of the iconic cinema chain’s pioneering early picture palaces.

Philip lives in Great Malvern with his wife and two young daughters. When not immersing himself in all things Art Deco, he can be found tinkering with classic cars, working in the alcoholic drinks trade, practicing writing in the third person, and trying to be a good father!

For enquiries regarding prints, image licences, commissions or anything else, please use the below email, or @artdecomagpie on twitter.

Contact: Philip@artdecomagpie.com   Twitter/Instagram: @artdecomagpie

Philip Butler



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  1. Hi Philip, I came across your blog about a week ago thanks to Twitter and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. I look forward to more of your posts and your photographs. I’m always happy to find people out there with a love of Art Deco that matches mine. I’ve starting collecting Art Deco items since I was 18, which was back in 1982, although my love of the style goes back a bit further. I noticed that you had visited my blog site (Driving For Deco) recently, for which I thank you. Keep up your good work.


    1. Hi Anthony, thanks for your message. I’ve been meaning to get in touch. Firstly to say thanks for all your retweets (you’re enlarging my coverage from about 100 to 3000!), and secondly to say how much I’m enjoying your blog. I’ve not had time to delve into it deeply yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed your very comprehensive article on NY airport and will work back from there.
      I’d love to get over to the states and really soak up some of your fantastic architecture, but with a young family it’s not massively easy. We’re considering making a trip to Miami next year if we can afford it (and can bare the thought of a long flight with the nippers!), but its Manhattan that I really want to get over to. I went when I was 15, but obviously didn’t appreciate the buildings back then.
      Keep up the good work and stay in touch.
      Cheers, Phil


    1. I wish I could start my posts with ‘when I was in the States’ rather than when I was in Droitwich! Yeah that certainly looks like the business, the carpet in particular has increased my pulse rate. I better go and sit down!


      1. I remember being impressed by the large, sweeping suspended balcony, which not only looked great but was a superb piece of engineering.


  2. Hi Philip, Just came across your site for the first time and have to say it is clearly a well-thought out labour of love. I live not very far from Marine Court in Hastings and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. Well done, and keep it going. I find Art Deco/the Moderne style instinctively appealing but struggle to put a finger on what precisely the attraction(s) is/are – if you have ever come across a stylistic psychoanalysis as opposed to a conventional architectural appreciation I would love to read it …?!

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    1. Hi Kai, thanks for getting in touch, and for your kind words about the site. I’ve a soft spot for Sussex, having grown up in Crowhurst, and spent many of my teenage years kicking around Hastings. Alas, I don’t get down that way as often as I’d like to these days, but its always a pleasure when I do.
      I can’t say I’ve come across any psychoanalysis of Deco appreciation, but I’ll let you know if I do! It would certainly help me answer the ‘what do you love about 30s design?’ question I predictably get asked from time to time!
      Best wishes,


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