As obsessed as we are with notions of the future and the promise of innovation, it behoves us to remember that utopia is rooted in fantasy; an unreal product of the hopeful imagination. An homage to this concept via the design industry, this new tome is a chronicle of visions of architects and designers who have created homes that spoke (and in some cases still speak) to notions about living one’s best life.
Beginning with mid-century modern and concluding with the ideals and insight offered by Brutalism, the book’s four sections span 288 pages. Each interior offers glimpses into the worlds of architects and designers, with stunning full-page colour photography documenting each environment. Eero Saarinen’s Miller House (USA), the Fornasetti house (Italy), the Jaretti house (Italy), Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro (Brazil) and Xavier Corbero’s Labyrinth Home (Spain) are some exceptional highlights.
Ideal for the libraries of designlovers, this volume wisely veers away from the landmines of nostalgia and of fetishing design. Instead, its thoughtful selections function as evidence that there is nothing new under the sun.