This stylishly illustrated book looks back at the future of air travel and is as sleek and elegant as the Concorde aircraft it celebrates.
When the first commercial Concordes zoomed off the runways in Paris and London in the late 1960s, crossing the Atlantic in just under three hours, they established a new standard for luxury flight. Powered by 38,000 pounds of thrust and easily recognizable with its delta wing and drooping nose, the Concorde jet embodied the pinnacle of aviation technology and industrial design. It quickly became the preferred mode of transatlantic flight for superstars and business moguls alike. Opening with a lively history of the jet and how it changed travel, the book focuses on the look and feel of the Concorde. Photos of the jet's evolving interiors show how the original, starkly designed cabin gave way to luxury seats and interiors designed by the likes of Sir Terence Conran and Andrée Putman. Filled with fascinating historical and technical background, and drawn from the author's personal collection of more than one thousand Concorde-related objects, this elegant book offers rarely seen historical photography and firsthand contributions from the people who helped create the Concorde experience from take-off to landing and beyond.
About the Author
LAWRENCE AZERRAD is a Los Angeles-based Grammy-nominated graphic designer and creative director and founder of LADdesign, which has created graphic design and comprehensive visual identity systems for clients such as Sting, Universal Music Group, Blue Note Records, The Silversun Pickups, Esperanza Spalding, WeTransfer, and Wilco. Azerrad was also creative director for the Voyager Golden Record 40th anniversary edition.
“An interesting read for travel buffs and design aficionados alike" –Uncrate
“Almost 200 pages of remarkable graphics and breathtaking storytelling, Supersonic is the perfect gift for those who are fond of anything that flies, but most especially to those that can only dream of flying on one of the world’s most iconic planes.” –Gearhungry
"It’s a brilliant compilation of historical and technical information of the Concorde along with stunning photos of the plane and some of its intriguing marketing materials." –Luxurylaunches
“…delightful tome…If you find yourself trapped in coach mid-flight, middle row, with a baby howling a row back, Prestel’s new Supersonic might just provide a moment of escapism, if a vodka soda doesn’t cut it.” –Metropolis