For me Chicago always and primarily was the ci…

For me Chicago always and primarily was the city of Mies, the city of elegant curtain-walls and of course the city of Louis Sullivan and FLW‘s Robie House. But Julius Shulman’s photographs presented in „Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism“, published in 2010 by Rizzoli, show a different Chicago, one with a rich mid-century modern heritage: houses by among others the Keck brothers, Harry Weese, Ralph Rapson and Edward Dart have been stunningly captured by the master. Unfortunately some of the houses have seen rather insensitive interior alterations with different flooring and all too flashy furniture. Another slight letdown is the somewhat bumpy prose of author Gary Gand whose texts, although well-researched and enriched with interesting facts about the different buildings’ genesis, appear to lack proper proofreading. Nonetheless the book is an important piece of Shulman literature that in lush reproductions presents the photographer’s final project. So if you love Shulman and/or mid-century architecture don’t hesitate to buy this book!

There’s nothing more soothing for me than to b…

There’s nothing more soothing for me than to browse through lush art and architecture books. One of these books suitable for a quick escape is “Tomorrow’s Houses – New England Modernism”, published by Rizzoli in 2011 and written by Alexander Gorlin, a collection of 27 houses in America’s New England States photographed by Geoffrey Gross. The states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont possess a rich heritage of modern architecture from the 1920s until the late 1960s by masters like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes, all of which are documented in excellent photographs and not so excellent plans. But the lack of detailed plans is somewhat counterbalanced by Gorlin’s texts that lead the reader through the houses and make the different concepts and spatial experiences come to life. „Tomorrow’s House“ is a surprisingly substantial coffee table book that, also thanks to the author’s introduction to architectural heritage of the New England states, is an entertaining and worthwhile read.

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