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.