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Looking at Linoleum

Anyone whose style ranges from art deco to mid-century modern ought to feature this book on the coffee table.

Book cover to Linoleum. (SHNS photo courtesy Gibbs Smith, publisher)

By Jennifer Sergent
Scripps Howard News Service

Linoleum, by Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen (Gibbs Smith, $29.95 hardback).

Linoleum seems to fit the bill for many design trends these days: it's retro, it's environmentally friendly, it's easy to clean and--at a time where it seems like every new home show and shelter magazine features design on a budget--it's wallet-friendly.

No surprise, then, that a design book would come out that pays homage to a type of flooring that was first developed in the late 19th century. Well, after decades of exile, linoleum is back.

Anyone whose style ranges from art deco to mid-century modern ought to feature this book on the coffee table. If it doesn't inspire you to go out and purchase linoleum flooring, the photographs of its infinite patterns and the vintage ads for them make for great eye candy.

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