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Modernism Reborn: Mid-Century American Houses
     

Modernism Reborn: Mid-Century American Houses

by Michael Webb, Roger Straus
 

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In the first book of its kind, renowned architectural critic Michael Webb and Esto photographer Roger Straus III examine 35 extraordinary modern houses that have been restored, enhanced, or extended by new owners who see them as timeless classics. Built in the heyday of modernism, from the 1930s through the early 1960s, these houses were designed by exceptional

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In the first book of its kind, renowned architectural critic Michael Webb and Esto photographer Roger Straus III examine 35 extraordinary modern houses that have been restored, enhanced, or extended by new owners who see them as timeless classics. Built in the heyday of modernism, from the 1930s through the early 1960s, these houses were designed by exceptional architects for themselves or for adventurous clients. A few were lovingly preserved as time capsules, but most endured years of neglect or abuse and might easily have been torn down.

Webb explores how these houses were created-as daring experiments or as creative responses to site and climate-and the research and effort that went into their restoration. Included here are villas that fuse craft and invention, machines for living, and residences that embrace the landscape. Here, too, are houses inspired by the purity of classical temples, and frugal dwellings that have been sensitively enlarged. After a long eclipse, these houses and the enlightened attitudes they embody are being rediscovered by creative individuals searching for distinctive, open, light-filled places to live. Modernism is a way of living, more than a style, and this book celebrates the architects and owners who respect its character and scale.

Also included are nearly 200 photographs taken by Roger Straus, all of which were specially commissioned for this book.

Author Biography: MICHAEL WEBB began writing about architecture and design in London in the 1960s, and now does so in Los Angeles, working out of a classic Richard Neutra apartment that Charles and Ray Eames once called home. He is the author of 16 books, which include Architects House Themselves, The City Square, New Stage for a City, five monographs, and, most recently, It's a Great Wall! and Through the Windows of Paris. He wrote Architecture + Design LA, and is executive editor of the series based on this innovative guide. An Architectural Digest contributing writer, he also writes for A+U, Domus, Interiors, Graphis, and OneMedia.

ROGER STRAUS III, a photographer for the architecture photograph archive Esto, has had his work featured in the books US1: America's Original Mainstreet, Mississippi Currents, and Wright for Wright. He was the principal photographer for the official Fallingwater calendar from 1994 through 1999.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Thankfully, there is a great resurgence of interest in modern architecture, leading to restorations and hence life being lived anew in modern houses. This book gathers mid-century designs that are austere and simple, use natural materials, and address space as a positive and layers of furniture and trimmings as a negative. Modern houses are comfortable in their juncture of light and open floor plans; they yield timeless designs that remain "modern" 50 to 60 years after the fact when other designs are headed toward being "antique." This well-designed volume is as comfortable and straightforward as the modern houses it celebrates. Quality photographs of each house in its setting, as an interior, and as a tribute to a philosophy join with an informed and useful text that supports but never upstages the designs. As a result, readers get a very nice pairing of the Modern Movement and the houses it built. A good feature: if a house is managed by an historic trust and is open to visitors, its availability and its web site are included. Recommended. David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789305503
Publisher:
Universe Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.77(d)

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