The Age of Combustion
Notes on Automobile Design
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 And now it is coming to an end, as the internal combustion engine is superseded by the battery and cars become wheeled computers, running on AI not oil.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 ten years, he has provided the most consistent and insightful commentary on car culture, often based on privileged access to industry insiders. The Age of Combustion is a threnody for the automobile.
‘No one articulates the ‘Theatre of Design’ like Stephen Bayley. It’s pure joy!’ – J Mays, former Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company
‘The most intellectual approach to suck, squeeze, bang, blow, I’ve ever encountered. I learned something every third word.’ – Jay Leno
Stephen Bayley is an author, critic, columnist, consultant, broadcaster, curator and founding director of the influential Design Museum. The author of Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything, he is one of the world’s most respected commentators on car culture.
- Stephen Bayley
- Jean-Michel Dentand
21 × 16cm
8 ¼ × 6 ¼ in
24 double-page duotone illustrations
£19.95 | $30
- Will electric cars actually be desirable?
The Irish Times, 04 August 2021
- Stephen Bayley’s ‘The Age Of Combustion’ Tells The Seductive Story Of The Motor Car
Forbes, 26 July 2021
- Freedom, style, sex, power: the fetishisation of the fast car
Financial Times, 14 July 2021