Art Deco Magpie

Bio: Seasoned Art Deco collector and blogger Philip Butler, aka Art Deco Magpie, has spent many years transforming the interior of his family home into a 1930’s time warp. Furniture, wall coverings, fixtures, fittings and carpets, nothing has been neglected from his quest to obtain near film set perfection. Combining a love of photography and passion for 20th century history, Philip is now working on his debut book; “Streamline Worcestershire – A Journey Through the Inter-War Modernist Architecture in the County“. 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 dad!

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7 Responses to About

  1. Chez Shea says:

    Hi Philip- nice to meet you! Am a big Art Deco fan too. Look forward to reading more!


  2. alabbate2014 says:

    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.


    • 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


  3. Ed Thomas says:

    When I was out in the States a few years ago, I had the good fortune of visiting the 1932 Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine. It’s a fully restored Art Deco masterpiece – I think you’ll like it.

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    • 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!


      • Ed Thomas says:

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


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