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Architecture and Design Library: Retro-Modern (Arch & Design Library)

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With roots in prewar Germany, modernism leapt to popularity in postwar The us. Advocated by architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius (who fled the encroaching Nazi movement

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With roots in prewar Germany, modernism leapt to popularity in postwar The us. Advocated by architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius (who fled the encroaching Nazi movement and settled in the U.S.), modernism blended functionality with frugality. Between 1945 and 1960, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and designers like George Nelson revolutionized the home landscape. Today, modernism is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Filled with fantastic photographs of classic modern homes and beautifully spare rooms, Unfashionable Modern is well researched and admirably demonstrates the intersection of history, society, and the arts. The clean, cool lines of modern architecture was once an instantaneous rebuttal to the neoclassical styles that came before. Rooms flowed into one another and ceaselessly included floor-to-ceiling glass walls to open the house to the flora and fauna. “The new structures placed emphasis on efficiency and serve as, in addition to informality and comfort,” says creator Lisa Skolnik. Inside, bold, spare furnishings like low-slung sofas and ovoid glass coffee tables were arranged with minimum clutter and ceaselessly featured built-in furniture to keep the space open and airy. Clocks, lamps, and glassware took on asymmetrical and free-form shapes; most popularly, kidneys, amoebas, and boomerangs. That lime-green Egg chair of grandma’s–which you thought hideous as a child–would now be snapped up in a second by a savvy collector….–Dana Van Nest
With roots in prewar Germany, modernism leapt to popularity in postwar The us. Advocated by architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius (who fled the encroaching Nazi movement and settled in the U.S.), modernism blended functionality with frugality. Between 1945 and 1960, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and designers like George Nelson revolutionized the home landscape. Today, modernism is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Filled with fantastic photographs of classic modern homes and beautifully spare rooms, Retro Modern is well researched and admirably demonstrates the intersection of history, society, and the arts.

The clean, cool lines of modern architecture was once an instantaneous rebuttal to the neoclassical styles that came before. Rooms flowed into one another and ceaselessly included floor-to-ceiling glass walls to open the house to the flora and fauna. “The new structures placed emphasis on efficiency and serve as, in addition to informality and comfort,” says creator Lisa Skolnik. Inside, bold, spare furnishings like low-slung sofas and ovoid glass coffee tables were arranged with minimum clutter and ceaselessly featured built-in furniture to keep the space open and airy. Clocks, lamps, and glassware took on asymmetrical and free-form shapes; most popularly, kidneys, amoebas, and boomerangs. That lime-green Egg chair of grandma’s–which you thought hideous as a child–would now be snapped up in a second by a savvy collector.

A paean to midcentury The us and Europe, a nod to designers and architects whose influence is still felt today, and an inspiration to aficionados, Retro Modern is as clear and streamlined as the movement it celebrates. –Dana Van Nest

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