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MID-CEN­TURY MOD­ERN by Ju­dith Miller (Mitchell Bea­z­ley 2018) Aimed at both col­lec­tors and dec­o­ra­tors, the book cov­ers late 1930s through 1960s fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings: Bauhaus and Amer­i­can, Scan­di­na­vian,and Ital­ian.

CASE STUDY HOUSES by El­iz­a­beth A.T. Smith (Taschen 2016) “Modernism to the masses . . . af­ford­able post­war homes” cre­ated by lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing Neu­tra, Eames, and Saari­nen for a pro­gram spon­sored by Arts & Ar­chi­tec­ture mag­a­zine 1945–1966. Show­ing 36 model houses, most in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, that re­de­fined the home. See also Taschen’s Ba­sic Ar­chi­tec­ture se­ries with sep­a­rate vol­umes on the ar­chi­tec­ture of Richard Neu­tra, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Cor­bus­ier, the Bauhaus, etc.

MID-CEN­TURY MOD­ERN COM­PLETE by Dominic Brad­bury (Abrams 2014) Ex­cel­lent introduction and over­view of the de­sign move­ment from Palm Springs to Long Is­land, Ja­pan to Scan­di­navia, in­clud­ing 20 sem­i­nal houses and ref­er­ence guides.

TO­TAL DE­SIGN: AR­CHI­TEC­TURE AND IN­TE­RI­ORS OF ICONIC MOD­ERN HOUSES by Ge­orge H. Mar­cus (Riz­zoli 2014) Visit mas­ter­pieces of Mod­ern de­sign from Arts & Crafts-era prac­ti­tion­ers (Wright, Greene & Greene, C.R. Mack­in­tosh) through van der Rohe, Saari­nen, Aalto, Ponti, and be­yond.

MID­CEN­TURY HOUSES TO­DAY by Jaf­frey Matz and Cristina A. Ross et al (Mona­celli Press 2014). Ex­plor­ing the con­cen­tra­tion of res­i­den­tial modernism in the NYC sub­urb New Canaan, Conn., dur­ing the 1940s–50s, with houses by Philip John­son, Mar­cel Breuer, Eliot Noyes, Ed­ward Durell Stone, and oth­ers.

CAPE COD MOD­ERN: MID­CEN­TURY AR­CHI­TEC­TURE . . . ON THE OUTER CAPE by Peter McMa­hon and Chris­tine Cipri­ani (Me­trop­o­lis Books 2014). Ex­plor­ing the legacy of an ex­per­i­men­tal, re­gional modernism left by Wal­ter Gropius, Mar­cel Breuer, and a cadre of Bauhaus thinkers and East Coast in­tel­lec­tu­als.

FOR­GOT­TEN MOD­ERN: CAL­I­FOR­NIA HOUSES 1940–1970 by Alan Hess (Gibbs Smith 2007). Pri­mary ex­am­ples of early res­i­den­tial modernism, vari­ants on min­i­mal­ism, and the en­durance of or­ganic ar­chi­tec­ture (which was once re­ferred to as “unchecked emo­tion­al­ism” by Eero Saari­nen).

EICH­LER: MODERNISM RE­BUILDS THE AMER­I­CAN DREAM by Paul Adam­son and Marty Ar­bunich (Gibbs Smith 2002). In­no­va­tive, then-af­ford­able houses by the pi­o­neer­ing de­vel­oper of res­i­den­tial sub­urbs in the 1950s–60s in Cal­i­for­nia.

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