Ed­i­tors Gestal­ten

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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.

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