Classic modern : midcentury modern at home (Book, 2000) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Classic modern : midcentury modern at home

Classic modern : midcentury modern at home

Author: Deborah Dietsch
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A visual tour of mid-twentieth-century design introduces the bold architecture of the 1940s and 1950s.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Dietsch
ISBN: 0684867443 9780684867441
OCLC Number: 43811320
Notes: "An Archetype Press book."
Description: 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: [I.] The essence of modern : Model houses, modern dreams --
The midcentury look : Flowing spaces, casual living ; Transparent barriers ; Malleable materials, mass produced ; Furniture of many uses ; Textures nubby and plain ; Cheering colors and bold patterns ; Curvaceous organic shapes ; Sculptural accessories --
[2.] Midcentury modern at home : Modern to the core: classic houses ; Throwing a curve: Albert Frey, Palm Springs, California, 1946 ; Machine in the garden: Richard Neutra, Palm Springs, California, 1946 ; Less is more: Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Plano, Illinois, 1951 ; Bauhaus, American style: Marcel Breuer, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, 1953 ; Modern Monticello: Eero Saarinen, Columbus, Indiana, 1957 ; Urban sanctuary: José Luis Sert, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1958 ; Time-honored values: Jens Risom interiors, New Canaan, Connecticut, and Block Island, Rhode Island, 1950s and 1967 --
Mainstream modern: affordable style ; Missionary living: Case study houses nos. 9, 16, and 22 by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koenig, Los Angeles, 1945-59 ; Symphony in steel: Charles and Ray Eames, Pacific Palisades, California, 1949 ; Suburban frontier: Eugene Sternberg and Joseph Dion, Englewood, Colorado, 1949-57 ; Into the woods: Charles Goodman, Alexandria, Virginia, 1949-60s ; Umbrella in the sun: Paul Rudolph, Sarasota, Florida, 1953 ; Western pioneers: Jones and Emmons, San Mateo, California, 1956 ; Passion for plastic: Ralph Wilson Sr. and Bonnie McIninich, Temple, Texas, 1959 --
Back to the future: living with midcentury modern ; The art of reduction: Clarence Mayhew, Oakland, California, 1960 ; Minimalist temple: Richard Neutra, San Diego, California, 1960 ; Calming effect: Richard Neutra, Glendale, California, 1961 ; Industrial evolution: John Lawrence, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1958 ; Beginner's luck: Julian Berla and Joseph Abel, Washington D.C., 1941 ; Modernist summit: Shelton, Mindel and Associates, New York City, 1997 ; City deco, county classic: Heiner M. Kromer, Southampton, New York, 1982 ; Nordic harmony: Philip Truchaud, Washington D.C., 1955 ; Midcentury maverick: Mark McDonald interior, New York City, 1992 --
[3.] Modern necessities : Catalogue ; Midcentury designers.
Responsibility: Deborah K. Dietsch.


An introduction to the basic tenets of modern design. It explains how the simple yet inspired forms typical of mid-century style were so readily disseminated into mainstream American culture. It  Read more...
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