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Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-Century Designers

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If you had the skills and the means to build your dream home, what would it look like? As someone who's always been a bit infatuated with mid-century design, I can tell you mine would draw more than a little inspiration from the homes in this book.  Handcrafted Modern showcases homes created by some of the most celebrated mid-century architects and designers — homes created for themselves. Williamson's stunning photographs capture not only craftsmanship at its finest, but also the fading colors, worn edges, and personal effects that make a house a home. Designers and daydreamers alike will find inspiration in this lavish book.
Recommended by Tove, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

An intimate and revealing collection of photographs of astonishingly beautiful, iconic, and undiscovered mid-century interiors. Among significant mid-century interiors, none are more celebrated yet underpublished as the homes created by architects and interior designers for themselves. This collection of newly commissioned photographs presents the most compelling homes by influential mid-century designers, such as Russel Wright, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eva Zeisel, among others. Intimate as well as revelatory, Williamson’s photographs show these creative homes as they were lived in by their designers: Walter Gropius’s historic Bauhaus home in Massachusetts; Albert Frey’s floating modernist aerie on a Palm Springs rock outcropping; Wharton Esherick’s completely handmade Pennsylvania house, from the organic handcarved staircase to the iconic furniture. Personal and breathtaking by turn—these homes are exemplary studies of domestic modernism at its warmest and most creative.

Synopsis:

Commune was established in Los Angeles in 2004 by four like-minded soulsandmdash;Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pamela Shamshiri, and Ramin Shamshiriandmdash; with a common mission: to enhance life through design and to blur the lines between disciplines, eras, and styles. California is for those who refuse to conform and who live for freedom of expression, indoor/outdoor living, and that golden sunshine glinting off the waves of the Pacific. Commune perfectly captures this spirit and embodies a new California style that freely mixes old and new in its layered, highly personal interiors that embrace color, pattern, and texture. This book is the first monograph of Communeandrsquo;s work, featuring its designs for private residences, hotels, commercial spaces, and restaurants, as well as the works they specially commission from virtually everyone in the artisan craftsman movement in California today.

About the Author

Leslie Williamson is a photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Dwell, Surface, and Travel + Leisure magazines.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Wharton Esherick

George Nakashima

Harry Bertoia

Russel Wright

Jens Risom

Eva Zeisel

Vladimir Kagan

Irving Harper

Walter Gropius

Jerome & Evelyn Ackerman

Charles & Ray Eames

J.B. Blunk

John Kapel

ALbert Frey

Product Details

ISBN:
9780847834181
Author:
Williamson, Leslie
Publisher:
Rizzoli International Publications
Author:
Alonso, Roman
Author:
Johanknecht, Steven
Author:
Shamshiri, Ramin
Author:
Shamshiri, Pamela
Subject:
Interior Design - General
Subject:
Interior Design
Subject:
Design Architecture
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If you had the skills and the means to build your dream home, what would it look like? As someone who's always been a bit infatuated with mid-century design, I can tell you mine would draw more than a little inspiration from the homes in this book.  Handcrafted Modern showcases homes created by some of the most celebrated mid-century architects and designers — homes created for themselves. Williamson's stunning photographs capture not only craftsmanship at its finest, but also the fading colors, worn edges, and personal effects that make a house a home. Designers and daydreamers alike will find inspiration in this lavish book.

"Synopsis" by ,
Commune was established in Los Angeles in 2004 by four like-minded soulsandmdash;Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pamela Shamshiri, and Ramin Shamshiriandmdash; with a common mission: to enhance life through design and to blur the lines between disciplines, eras, and styles. California is for those who refuse to conform and who live for freedom of expression, indoor/outdoor living, and that golden sunshine glinting off the waves of the Pacific. Commune perfectly captures this spirit and embodies a new California style that freely mixes old and new in its layered, highly personal interiors that embrace color, pattern, and texture. This book is the first monograph of Communeandrsquo;s work, featuring its designs for private residences, hotels, commercial spaces, and restaurants, as well as the works they specially commission from virtually everyone in the artisan craftsman movement in California today.
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