This text provides a definition and examination of the so called contemporary style that dominated architecture and design from the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s In those years of increasing promise and prosperity, a fresh and liberating style was hallmarked by open plan interiors and vibrant fabric design, manifesting itself in the picture window and the open plan in vibrant fabric design and printed wall coverings in new forms of furniture from Scandinavia and stylish light fittings from Italy and most tellingly in the Contemporary kitchen with its fitted units and mod con appliances Included is work by Charles Eames, Pierre Koenig, Arne Jacobsen and Lucienne Day....
|Title||:||Contemporary: Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s|
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Contemporary: Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s Reviews
A beautiful coffee table book, with attractive color and b/w photos of several periods of the midcentury movement. There is also a bit on midcentury architecture. Not bad if you know someone who's into this, but there are probably books out there with more visual depth of the creativity of the period. Overall, though, an intelligent read.
Another great history book for Mid-Century fans.
Very helpful on the study of mid century architecture.
This book is a great general guide to what was 'contemporary' - including architecture of the home, public building and office. In addition, it delves into interior design - including glass, wall treatments, flooring and furniture. The prospective reader should be made aware right off that this book is written from the British perspective - one will see British English spellings of words, and names of British companies. However, the vast majority of the book deals with American developments, which is more pertinant to the US reader. I call this book a great 'general' introduction because it digs about 75% of the way into each subject. But how many other books can cover so many subjects as well? None that I've been able to find so far. The book is richly illustrated, including some photos which span the entire page. The text is interesting and easy to understand. After reading each chapter of the book, you are left with a good basic undertanding of what you've just read. The pictures themselves are generally period photos, which really help the reader see what 'contemporary' was to the eyes of the folks living at that time. If you are contemplating purchasing a 'contemporary house', or perhaps decorating in the 'contemporary' style, this book will give you some good ideas. Overall, a very enjoyable book - it would make a good present, and look great sitting on your coffee table!
The author provides an absolutely beautiful look at a George Jetson time in architecture and interior design style that makes the 50's seem nostalgic. The abundant photography of this book is perhaps its most appealing feature. The glossary of terms is also useful for those born after the the middle of the century. Terms like "formica" and "foam rubber" and "cantilevered" are particularly appropriate for this time period.
I read this book in college and am just about to purchase it for my own library because it is a fabulous glimpse into the shift into a more contemporary style of architecture. Of most interest to me was the sections on Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright (and these are the parts I remember most clearly). The pictures and illustrations are impecable and the comments included with these are of great use. This book also includes sections on furniture and fabric choices to name a few. It is well written, full of great information, and a useful reference. If you have the slightest bit of interest in this era of architecture, it must be included in your library.
I love the mid-century modernism ambiance the entire book conveys. It may not be as complete as one would like, but it covers all areas of modernism at some point, including architecture, fabrics and furniture.