Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy

Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy

by Deborah Desilets
     
 

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Adored for his exuberant and original architecture, more than fifty years of Morris Lapidus’s designs are celebrated in this first-ever monograph. Known for inventing the postwar resort hotel with the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Morris Lapidus (1902–2001) is revered for his joyful interpretation of modernist tenets through an American

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Adored for his exuberant and original architecture, more than fifty years of Morris Lapidus’s designs are celebrated in this first-ever monograph. Known for inventing the postwar resort hotel with the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Morris Lapidus (1902–2001) is revered for his joyful interpretation of modernist tenets through an American vernacular of spectacle and whimsy. Lapidus enthusiastically embraced modernism’s formal freedom and sensuality while rejecting its more rigid principles, producing a unique style that seamlessly blends baroque fantasia with modernism’s clean lines and flowing spaces. His exuberant curving walls, zigzagging facades, and deft manipulation of space created dramatic forms that transform the moods of their occupants. In 2000 Lapidus was honored by the Cooper-Hewitt as an "American Original," an award created especially for him. This comprehensive volume presents the highlights of Lapidus’s extraordinary career. From seductive modern shops and private residences to iconic hotels and residential towers in New York, Miami Beach, the Caribbean, and beyond, this iconoclast proves that "too much is never enough."

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"The man behind the dazzling Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach gets his due in Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy (Rizzoli, $65), which examines his theatrical designs for department stores, synagogues, and restaurants." ~Elle Decor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847830886
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Desilets is the holder of the Lapidus archives. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on his work.

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