Hardcover. London, Country Life, 1st, 1922, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Two volumes complete, large folio (15" X 12"). 344 and 361 pages plus 100 appendix and index pages. pale green cloth with gilt lettering and design, top edge gilt. Color frontispiece in Volume II, profusely illustrated with about 700 b&w illustrations, plans and drawings. Clean, bright set. First edition of Arthur T. Bolton's monumental monograph on the architecture of Robert (1728-1792) and James Adam (1732-1794), two Scottish brothers who were renowned neoclassical architects, interior and furniture designers.
Hardcover. New York, NY, Abrams, 1st, 2016, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 384 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Very clean, LIKE NEW in publishers shrink-wrap. Around That Time showcases much of the material featured in the original book, plus never-before-seen photographs from those homes as well as images from additional homes Horst shot well into the 1980s. This book introduces this work to a new generation of design, decorating, and visual art professionals, academics, and enthusiasts.
Hardcover. New York , Monacelli, 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 336 pages, illustrated with color plates, additional drawings and plans. Very good hardcover in a bright dust jacket.
Hardcover. New York , Monacelli, 1st, 2003, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 336 pages, illustrated with color plates, additional drawings and plans. Very good hardcover in a bright dust jacket.
Hardcover. NY, Reagan Books, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 272 pages. Through striking illustrations and stunning photographs, Bohemian Modern explores the unique structural and interior designs that have put California's ultra-chic Silver Lake neighborhood at the forefront of a new style phenomenon. One of the country's most renowned modernist architects, Barbara Bestor has fully embraced and perfected Silver Lake's "bohemian modern" style: a practical philosophy that is Californian in origin but achievable anywhere. It is a look that favors raw, authentic materials, brilliant colors, creative space planning, and a natural flow between indoors and outdoors. The results, as Bohemian Modern presents, are striking: a flawlessly restored Neutra house decorated with both whimsy and restraint, a rooftop constructed for viewing the stars, a lavish outdoor garden delicately integrated into the surrounding architecture, a double-sided bookcase that soars three stories and serves as a functional art installation...there is no limit to the creativity and beauty of Silver Lake style.
Hardcover. NY, Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 271 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Folio. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. You learn from people with great taste, says Bunny Williams. She should know. As a novice, Williams worked for legendary decorators Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, absorbing everything she could of their peerless design sense. Striking out on her own, she rose to the top rank of the interior design profession, where she has stylishly remained for the last 30 years. Now, it's our turn to learn from her. Part memoir and part how-to manual, Bunny Williams' Point of View showcases many of the drop-dead chic but always cozily comfortable residences whose interiors Williams has designed during her astounding career. Due to size and weight, DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY.
NY, William Helburn, 1st, 1938, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, bright blue cloth covers stamped in gilt. 153 b&w plates, mostly photographic. American domestic interiors, homes from New Jersey, Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and Maryland pictured in detail. An exceptional reference book in excellent condition, clean.
Hardcover. London, Conran/Octopus, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 220 pages. Illustrated with full color photographs. Clean, tight copy. Vast, obsolete buildings are now taking on new life as people seek out living space. This work presents an international collection of conversions, including those of architects and designers such as Andree Putman and John Pawson. Through the designs and accompanying text, the reader witnesses how empty shells are transformed into unconventional homes.
Hardcover. NY, Simon & Schuster, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 158 pages. Design writer Siegel takes us on a inspiring tour of the history, stylistic concerns and uses of tiles. Though their cool, hard surface might seem best suited to Mediterranean climates, tiles have enjoyed wide use as far afield as the Netherlands, and any area subject to heavy foot-traffic could benefit from their easily cleaned faces. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs supplied by Country Floors, a well-known tile importing company, the book emphasizes the traditional "country" look; a brief, less successful foray into modern styles relies heavily on simple geometric patterns. In his introduction, Country Floors owner Norman Karlson tells how his fascination with tiles developed. Seemingly meant as a sourcebook for designers and tile enthusiasts, the volume offers scant information on the proper application of tiles--only instructions for care and maintenance. Installation, it is hinted, should be left to a specialist.
Hardcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: N, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. This volume revisits the early 1980s, a time of Postmodernism. Italian design groups Alchimia and Memphis, led by Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Michele de Lucchi, and Ettore Sottsass, questioned radically and provocatively the ostensible functionality of design objects. Everyday items were reinterpreted, full of relish and fantasy. Ironic redesigns of historic design classics put their role and contemporary use into question. Within the field of architecture, these new ideas found a counterpart in buildings by Hans Hollein, Michael Graves, Studio Nizzoli, and the offices of Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown. At the same time, the first deconstructivist tendencies were recognizable in the designs of Zaha Hadid. In publisher's shrink wrap.//// Postmodernism in the early 1980s. Everyday items were reinterpreted while questioning the functionality of design objects. In publisher's shrink wrap.
Hardcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 580 pages. The International style of the late 1920's and 1930's is the focal point of this volume. Along with groundbreaking buildings, interior decoration, and furniture by international architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Robert Mallett-Stevens, Alvar Alto, and Richard Neutra, is above all the work of the Italian avant-garde, including names like Giuseppe Terragne, Carlo Mollino, Gio Ponti, Melchiorre Bega, Franco Albini or Studio BBPR, that provides precise insight into the formative decade of Modernism. Text in English and Italian. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 580 pages, profusely illustrated. This title covers the years 1985-1989 - the eighties in full force. The many styles of architecture and design that became prominent in the second half of the 1980s are the focus of this volume. Along with Postmodernism - represented by buildings, interior decoration, and designs by Peter Shire, Richard Meier, Gustav Peichl, Ricardo Bofill, Ettore Sottsass, Arata Isozaki, and the Arquitectonica firm - it was the buildings of the High-Tech Style which dominated. The most prominent examples are the Head Office of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation in Hong Kong, designed by the architectural firm Foster Associates, and the Lloyds Building by Richard Rogers in London. In publisher's shrink wrap.
Softcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 580 pages. 1940-1949: Destruction and Reconstruction. This volume covers the 1940s, when fascism came to a climax and World War II led to the extensive destruction of Europe. But the second half of this decade was also a time of reconstruction, democratization, and the related search for new social values. Unlike in Nazi Germany, in fascist Italy Modernism was able to advance in architecture and design - as proved impressively by the buildings and designs by Carlo Mollino, Gian Luigi Banfi, Franco Albini, and Giuseppe Terragni that are documented herein. After the war, Organic Design emerged alongside the International style. This edition reflects upon the economic, social, and cultural problems of the time, but also shows how the force of the avant-garde continued to thrive in Italy, Switzerland, Scandinavia and the USA. Reports and features on modern industrial design and furniture, as well as domestic and business interiors stand side by side with articles about novel prefabricated houses. In publisher's shrink wrap.
Hardcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 580 pages. 1950-1954: Architecture of the Avant-Garde. This volume covers the first half of the 1950s, a time characterized by great optimism. The consequences of World War II had largely been overcome, the most urgent needs of the population were satisfied, and economic prospects looked bright. Architecture and design looked for new forms of expression, for new materials and their applications - and the possibilities seemed limitless. Volume III shows contemporary trends of the time through detailed reports on the ninth Triennial in Milan and about designers like Tapio Wirkkala, Finn Juhl, Carlo de Carli, Carlo Mollino, Piero Fornasetti, Marco Zanuso, Harry Bertoia and George Nelson. Via features on Le Corbusier's famous Unite d'Habitation in Marseille, the groundbreaking Case Study Houses by Charles and Ray Eames, the efforts of Richard Neutra in California, the work of Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil, and the futuristic Olivetti Showroom by Studio BBPR in New York. In publisher's shrink wrap.
Hardcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 580 pages. 1960-1954: Design Goes Pop. This volume concentrates on the architecture and design of the first half of the 1960s, characterized by the coexistence of a number of different styles. The aftermath of the International style and Good Design were still noticeable whereas Organic Design, which had developed in parallel since the late 1940s, gradually lost its influence. From the early 1960s onwards, a new force took its place, geared toward Pop Art and popular culture, leading to Pop Design. This trend is particularly recognizable in interior design, where a variety of new synthetics and foam plastics replaced traditional materials such as metal, glass or wood, pointing the way to completely new designs. Volume V documents this with examples of designs by Ray and Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and Joe Colombo. On the architectural side, the impressive buildings of Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, Angelo Mangiarotti, James Stirling, and others./// Hardcover, 580 pages. 1960-1954: Design Goes Pop. This volume focuses on the architecture and design of the first half of the 1960s. A new force lead to Pop Design. This trend is particularly recognizable in interior design, where a variety of new synthetics and foam plastics replaced traditional materials such as metal, glass or wood.
Hardcover. Taschen, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 580 pages. 1965-1969: A Break from the Past, a Nod to the Future. The late 1960s, when a radical change took place in the fields of architecture and design, are the focus of this volume. Old values such as functionality, elegance, and faithfulness to materials, which had been relevant for nearly half a century, lost their importance and made space for the ideas of pop culture and the sociocritical experiments of a new generation of architects and designers who no longer wanted to live within the styles of their fathers and grandfathers. Groups of architects and designers like Archizoom and Archigram questioned long-established status symbols, fashion, and consumption and created provocative alternative designs, which were reflected in Anti and Radical Design. Volume VI in the domus series features designs by Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass, Gae Aulenti, Olivier Mourgue, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Verner Panton, Kenzo Tange, Luigi Moretti, Oscar Niemeyer, and Gio Ponti.
Hardcover. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1st, 1923, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 198 pages. Hardcover. Detailed b/w illustrations throughout. Covers bound in green fabric with gilt title and design on spine (faded) and front cover. Former owner's signature on front endpaper. Covers show some agewear with fading, a bit of soil from handling and shelf wear, and a touch of fraying to edges of spine and corners of covers. Pages and edges are age-yellowed, but binding still quite tight and all in good condition considering age.
Hardcover. Des Moines, Iowa, Wallace Homestead Book Company, 1st, 1971, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, pictorial cloth, 123 pages. Illustrated throughout with wonderful black and white photographs, period advertisements, floorplans, houses, furniture, dinnerware and room designs. Small inscription on front fly leaf otherwise pages white and clean.
Hardcover. New York, Rizzoli, 1st Edition, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 312 pages. Hardcover. Color illustrations throughout including interiors and exteriors of projects, as well as blue prints. Red endpapers. Cover boards bound in charcoal cloth, gilt title on spine, all excellent. Dust jacket unclipped, very good. Pages clean and unmarked. Top edge has some light soil. Binding tight, spine straight. In beautiful condition. This extraordinary book presents thirty-eight of the most renowned and significant buildings of America's premier architect, from his early Prairie work in Oak Park, IL, in the 1890's to his daring creations of the 1940's and 1950's.
Hardcover. London, Chartwell Books, reprint, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 160 pages. Hardcover. Extensive b&w photography throughout. Slight edge wear, otherwise clean, tight copy. Many photos of old saloons, both interior and exterior shots. From Alaska, Arizona, California, Minnesota, Texas, and all over the country.
Hardcover. NY, Harmony Books, 1wt, 1983, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 152 pages. full blue cloth, silver lettering on spine. Illustrated with B&W and color photographs and reproductions. A visual tour of the great country English houses through the ages. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Baden GR, Lars Muller, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Folio, hardcover. Numerous color illustrations. Hannes Wettstein was one of the most innovative and influential designers in Switzerland. His products, furniture, and interior designs not only influence our everyday life, but also the way we understand design in the present day. In 2008 Wettstein died aged 50. For the first time his life's work will now be celebrated and documented in a monograph. The publication presents images from Wettstein's world--works, sketches, and personal objects.Text in English, German, and Italian. Like new in publishers shrink-wrap.
Hardcover. Gloucester, MA, Quarry Books, 1st, 2004, Book: Near Fine, Dust Jacket: Near Fine, 144 pages. Hardcover. Color and b/w illustrations throughout. Dust jacket unclipped, glossy, excellent. Black cover boards, gilt title on spine. Pages clean and unmarked. Binding tight, spine straight. In beautiful, nearly new condition. This book guides readers through all the aspects of creating a beautiful and comfortable home that elegantly takes advantage of media-related furnishings and emerging technologies.
Hardcover. US, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1st, 1992, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 224 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light edgewear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. From its founding in 1875, the firm of Liberty has been a byword for high-quality design. Arthur Lasenby Liberty, its founder, set out to transform the appearance of dress and interior decoration; that sense of energy and excitement remains integral to the house, making Liberty a world-recognized name. This account and celebration is divided into chronological sections. It begins with the early emporium and ends with a survey of the institution's influence on post-war aesthetics and design. The Arts and Crafts Movement found Liberty's associated with leading craftsmen-designers. After World War I its textiles continued the famous lines of prints. Now, in keeping with its role as innovator, the firm continues to commission designers and to promote both traditional and avant-garde furniture and artifacts. This history of a unique enterprise reflects in microcosm major developments in taste from the late 19th-century to the present.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 1st, 2008-09-15, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 160 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Essays analyzing these beautiful, exquisitely detailed watercolors and their significance to the Museum's collection, accompanied by the watercolors and related objects from the permanent collection, document the evolution of the domestic interior in the nineteenth century, revealing the impact of economic, social, and political developments on the concept of the home.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 1st, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 160 pages, illustrated throughout in color. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Essays analyzing these beautiful, exquisitely detailed watercolors and their significance to the Museum's collection, accompanied by the watercolors and related objects from the permanent collection, document the evolution of the domestic interior in the nineteenth century, revealing the impact of economic, social, and political developments on the concept of the home.
Hardcover. NY, Henry T. Williams, 1st, 1875, Hardcover in faded purple boards with gold lettering and trim on spine. 300 pages plus ads in rear. Contains numerous black-and white illustrations of decorative objects to make at home. Published in 1875, the book gives a vivid glimpse of woman's work from another era. Previous owners signature on blank prelim page, otherwise clean.
Hardcover. NY, Monacelli, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 160 pages. Driving the glossy shelter magazines -- Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and many more -- is an enduring fascination with other people's lives and houses. But the pristine photographs in these publications do not represent reality. In his "Households" series, artist and architect Mark Robbins has invented the "flip side" of interior design magazines: a compelling series of photographs of actual people in actual homes. A young family at a writers retreat, a gay couple in a Long Island beach house, a husband and wife in a family compound, a single parent in a city apartment: Robbins has photographed residents and environments that comment on contemporary life and relationships. Robbins's design and photography work, which bridges the fields of art and architecture, has long focused on the complex social and political forces that contribute to the built environment. The thoughtfully arranged compositions reinforce, undermine, and even confuse stereotypes; the collection as a whole comments on present-day customs and ways of life in all their complexity.
Hardcover. Prestel, 1st, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 288 pages. The first overview of the work of lighting designer Ingo Maurer, the "poet of light."Ingo Maurer has been illuminating lives since 1966, when he designed his first light fixture for an installation at the Herman Miller showroom in Munich. His creation was entitled Bulb and featured a light bulb within a light bulb. The design was so successful that Maurer had to produce more to match the demand. Since then, his fascination with lighting, his pursuit of simplicity of form, and his talents as a graphic designer and typographer have brought him to the forefront of his field. His work has been exhibited in countless museums and it has brightened urban bridges, artistic exhibitions, retail and commercial spaces as well as numerous private homes. Arranged thematically, this dazzling retrospective brings together an extensive and representative selection of Maurer's lamps and lighting systems. Contributions by design experts, including Issey Miyake and Paola Antonelli, round out this portrait of a creative mind who continues to push the boundaries of lighting design.
Hardcover. NY, Doubleday Page & Co., reprint, 1922, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 284 pages, hardcover, b&w photographs. Some minor insect damage to rear hinge. In a worn and chipped dust jacket with soil. Sunday school stamp inside front cover.
Hardcover. US, Taschen, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Hardcover, 400 pages, over 600 illustrations, mostly color. The enduring lure of a material for over 60 years. Italian company Kartell, founded in 1949, is famous around the world for having invented the culture of plastic furniture and interior furnishings. This survey covers the entire history of the company decade by decade, exploring all aspects of its evolution as well as the social and technological qualities of Kartell products. NOTE: DUE TO SIZE AND WEIGHT, DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY.
Hardcover. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 304 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy still in shrink wrap. 96 color and 205 black and white illustrations throughout. Tight copy.
Softcover. NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 262 pages, color and b&w illustrations. This is an excellent and scholarly book filled with incredible photos and descriptions of LCT's home, Laurelton Hall. The author has written a series of fine chapters that look at all aspects of this magnificent residence. What the fire at Laurelton destroyed, this book restores with words and photos.
Hardcover. NY, Rizzoli International, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 296 pages in color. Interior designer Nancy Braithwaite s long-awaited first book is a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design. In the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite is known for her single-minded devotion to the principle that has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity. Braithwaite s work is luxuriously minimalist, its beauty inextricably tied to its Shaker-like purity. While her work varies from art deco to country, the underlying rules remain the same: every element should strive to be simple and powerful without compromise, and every room must have a level of power that comes from commanding scale, repetition of elements, subtleties of color, or the sheer beauty of forms. Clean copy. DUE TO WEIGHT DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY.
1947, Book: Very Good, Frustrated painter waits while wife mulls color choice. Art by Stevan Dohanos. 10 X 13", very good. PLEASE NOTE: The image shown is a scan of the actual product you are purchasing. What you see is what you get. The sheet may have some imperfections beyond the cropped area shown. You are buying THIS PAGE ONLY- not the entire magazine. Your order will be placed carefully between stiff paper and an acetate overlay, then packed in a rigid cardboard sleeve to prevent bending.
Softcover. Assouline, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 160 pages. German-born Ingo Maurer is one of the most prolific and respected artist/designers working today. Fascinated by what he calls the magical and mystical properties of light, Maurer constructs luminous atmospheres that play with traditional concepts of color, brightness, and shadow. Since 1966, Maurer has created more than 150 different lights and lighting systems, and designed for diverse international venues, including fashion runways, public buildings and monuments, and private commissions. Maurer uses unexpected materials and found objects to create light, and he is among the first designers to experiment with halogen and light-emitting diodes.
Hardcover. NY, Assouline, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 189 pages. "Not only is Andree Putman a wizard of design; she is also a muse that inspires timelessness." Jack Lang, former French Minister of Culture. Andree Putman was first cut above the rest when, twenty years ago, she conceived the first boutique hotel, the Morgan. She was also the one to open a new path for modern design, reinstating the importance of such major designers as Eileen Gray, Robert Mallet Stevens, Mariano Fortuny, and Jean-Michel Frank, among informed professionals. Since then, Putman's eclecticism has led her to embrace projects as diverse as the Guggenheim Museum, the Azzedine Alaia boutique and Peter Greenaway movie sets. Today, the designer's elegant and bold style is known throughout the world, from Los Angeles to Shanghai, a city where she created numerous projects. Andree Putman Style is a journey into the world of an uncommon designer, one which acquaints the reader with the influences and taste that inspired this amazing woman.
Hardcover. New York, Rizzoli, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 262 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Sunfading to spine. Minor soiling to dust jacket. An otherwise very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear. Rooms celebrates some of the most luxurious and bold interiors around the globe and the creative sensibilities of the people who inspired them. Beautifully presented through the sumptuous photography of Derry Moore, the 12th Earl of Drogheda, who has photographed some of the world's most spectacular houses as well as some of the most notable personalities in their homes, this lavish publication captures the dramatic spirit of such vivid figures as famed early twentieth-century interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, contemporary design legend Renzo Mongiardino, and the legendary decorator Nancy Lancaster. Moore revolutionized interior photography with his technical acuity, his keen aesthetic eye and his impeccably good taste. This vision culminated in an inspired collaboration with Joseph Holtzman, founding editor in chief and art director of the celebrated and controversial magazine Nest, and one of the great tastemakers of our age. This long-awaited book features a remarkable array of spectacular interiors, ranging from Charleston, the famed haunt of the Bloomsbury group, to India's Falaknuma Palace, Pauline de Rothschild's London residence, and Chatsworth Hall, Derbyshire, the grandest of English country houses.
Hardcover. US, Farameh, 1st, 2012, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 346 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Slipcased. Christian Alexander is a noted arbiter of nightlife culture, with over twenty years of experience as an exclusive concierge for A-List celebs. As the NY Post describes, "His phone number is passed around the country like the password to a secret club for the mega-cool." His family has ties that go back to Chicago's Prohibition era, and many of his relatives have had careers in the entertainment industry, so it's no wonder that Alexander lives and breathes the society of the night. His involvement is extensive not only in New York but around the globe, jetting off to every major cosmopolitan city to bring his own brand of cool to events and collaborations. Alexander's insider status makes him an invaluable curator of a book on the subject. Lavishly illustrated.
Hardcover. Cologne GR, Taschen, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 245 pages, illustrated in color and b&w. An extensive collection of hand-illustrated shop window designs from 1938 to 1950. These spectacular, often grandiose plans for grocery stores, shoe shops, beauty salons, bakeries, and more are reminders of a time when stores were sacred shrines for the congregation of American shoppers - impressive and even slightly intimidating, just like the future itself.
Hardcover. New Haven CT, Yale University Press, 1st, 2017, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 260 pages, in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. A riveting and superbly illustrated account of the enigmatic House Beautiful editor's profound influence on mid-century American taste From 1941 to 1964, House Beautiful magazine's crusading editor-in-chief Elizabeth Gordon introduced and promoted her vision of "good design" and "better living" to an extensive middle-class American readership. Her innovative magazine-sponsored initiatives, including House Beautiful's Pace Setter House Program and the Climate Control Project, popularized a "livable" and decidedly American version of postwar modern architecture. Gordon's devotion to what she called the American Style attracted the attention of Frank Lloyd Wright, who became her ally and collaborator. Gordon's editorial programs reshaped ideas about American living and, by extension, what consumers bought, what designers made, and what manufacturers brought to market. This incisive assessment of Gordon's influence as an editor, critic, and arbiter of domestic taste reflects more broadly on the cultures of consumption and identity in postwar America. Nearly 200 images are featured, including work by Ezra Stoller, Maynard Parker, and Julius Shulman. This important book champions an often-neglected source--the consumer magazine--as a key tool for deepening our understanding of mid-century architecture and design.
Hardcover. NY, W. W. Norton & Company, 1st, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, cream cloth, gilt letters on spine & on front cover, color pictorial dust jacket, 533 pages, many BW & 55 color plates. "Surveys the most distinctive styles used in America from the seventeenth century, when their presence can first be documented, to World War I, when the taste makers began to associate the plain white wall with all that was 'Modern." Sort closed tear to dust jacket, unclipped, clean.
Hardcover. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 224 pages, 213 illustrations, 66 in color. A collection of Gene Moore s wonderful display creations at Tiffany's.