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Want to know more about our member icons? Here’s our round-up of the best books you can buy about the houses and house museums that make up our unique network of icons you can visit. They are listed in alphabetical order of the names of the houses/house museums. If no monograph is available, we’ve found the next best thing – a monograph about the architect that features a chapter on the house.

Use the search window to search by architect’s name, (museum) house name or author name. If you’d like to view the books about artists’ homes and studios separately, you can filter them by clicking on the purple icon at the top of the bar. To see only books about architects, click on the green icon.All books are in English, unless otherwise stated. This is just a start, there is more to come, so check back regularly to find new books on our shelf.

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The Iconic House

Dominic Bradbury, Richard Powers

The Iconic House features over 100 of the most important and influential houses designed and built since 1900. International in scope and wide-ranging in style, the houses share a remarkable sensitivity to site and context, an appreciation of local materials and building traditions, and a careful understanding of clients’ needs. Each, however, has a unique approach that makes it groundbreaking and radical for its time. Concise, informative texts and fresh, vibrant illustrations, including specially commissioned photographs, floor plans and drawings, offer detailed documentation, while architect biographies, a bibliography, a gazetteer and list of houses by type provide further information.

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The Architects Home

Gennaro Postiglione

After a busy day at the drawing board, what kind of homes do today’s top architects return to? Find out in this fascinating glimpse into the self-designed domiciles of architects around the world. Packed with esoteric design and structural quirks, let’s discover exactly what form and function do together when they’re at home.

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Architect’s Houses

Michael Webb

Thirty of the world's most talented architects, including Norman Foster, Thom Mayne, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, talk about the houses they designed for themselves over the past decade in Architects' Houses. What inspired them, what were the constraints, how did their concepts take shape? Michael Webb explores the creative process and traces the influence of architects' houses over the past two hundred years, from Jefferson's Monticello to the creations of Charles and Ray Eames, Toyo Ito, and Frank Gehry.

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2 Willow Road

2 Willow Road

Alan Powers

The National Trust cares for the finest collection of historic buildings, gardens, parks, landscape and coastline in the world. Its famous and well-respected series of guidebooks provides the essential companion to your visit and a lasting souvenir of the experience. And now you can buy the guide before your visit.

Authoritative texts and superb illustrations illuminate the history of the place and tell the stories of the people who have lived and worked there. Every guidebook sold goes to help the work of the National Trust.

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78 Derngate

78 Derngate

Perilla Kinchin

The 78 Derngate Guide is the complete story of this famous house and is full of in-depth information. Richly illustrated in full colour throughout and packed with detail. A superb companion when visiting and something that you'll want to return to. A 'must-have' for all fans and scholars of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and those with an interest in his client, W.J Bassett-Lowke.

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Aalto House

The Aalto House 1935-36

Renja Suominen-Kokkonen, Juhani Pallasmaa

Volume 6 in a chronological series of
monographs on buildings by Alvar Aalto.

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Adolf Loos Apartment & Gallery

Adolf Loos: Apartment for Richard Hirsch

Burhardt Rukschcio

Professor Burkhardt Rukschcio is the world renowned specialist in Loos’s oeuvre. This book presents his in-depth analysis of Richard Hirsch’s apartment, a truly unique piece of architecture, and includes further commentaries by Richard Hirsch’s wife Marieluis Hirsch, the relative of the Hirsch family Janet Beck-Wilson, the director of The Austrian National Gallery Belvedere Agnes Husslein, the curator of Villa Müller Marie Szadkowska, and the owner of the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery Gilbert Lloyd. Text in English, Czech, and German.

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Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern

This book traces Alden Dow’s life and work as well as his personal philosophy.

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Apartement-Atelier de Le Corbusier

Immeuble 24 N.C. et Appartement Le Corbusier / Apartment Block 24 N.C. and Le Corbusier's Home

Language: Englisch/French

The construction of the apartment block at number 24, rue Nungesser et Coli in Paris, between 1931 and 1934, was an important milestone for Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. It was the first opportunity offered to them in France to put to the test theories on urbanism and architecture, which they had been working on since the 1920s ("cinq points de l'architecture moderne"), and marks an important stage on the path to Brutalism. And it is of all the more interest because of the apartment and art studio Le Corbusier designed for the top two floors of the building and in which he lived from 1934 until his death in 1965. Historical documents and drawings make this handy-sized volume an invaluable guide for visitors and a practical introduction for all architectural enthusiasts.

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Boyd House II

Living in Australia

Robyn Boyd

There is no monograph yet about Boyd House II at 290 Walsh Street, Melbourne. However Robin Boyd’s Book ‘Living in Australia' does have a chapter on the house along with some of Boyd’s other significant buildings.

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Can Lis

A+U March 2013 Special Issue: Can Lis - Jorn Utzon's House On Majorca

Lise Juel, John Pardley, Jorn Utzon

Focusing on the summer house Danish architect Jørn Utzon built for his wife and himself on the Spanish island of Majorca, this special issue covers the process of its preservation and restoration, its landscape and setting, and the architectural thought of Utzon. Known for his concern for nature and social values, Utzon emphasised these in a synthesis of form, material and function. Unmistakably modern, Can Lis comprises a number of pavilions arranged to serve its various functions, blending effortlessly with its natural surroundings. Includes detailed texts by Lise Juel, architect of the restoration, John Pardley and Utzon himself, plus numerous drawings and an array of stunning photos.

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Casa Luis Barragán

Casa Barragan

Yutaka Saito

Barragán’s houses evoke glamour and simplicity, modernity and nostalgia, respect for tradition and revolutionary turns. The influence of his childhood home, a former Mexican hacienda, is clear and yet contrasted with his bold use of colours. Five of his house designs are lavishly pictured here, both inside and out. Accessible short descriptions are included with each photograph. Accompanied by an extended essay by Yutaka Saito.

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Casa Masó

Casa Masó Noucentista life and architecture

Narcís-Jordi Aragó Masó, Jordi Falgàs, Rosa M. Gil Tort

Casa Masó is the house where Rafael Masó (1880-1935) was born, one of the most important works of his architecture and the only one of the iconic houses over the river in Girona that is open to the public. The house still has all the furniture and decorations from the noucentista times and offers some unique views over the city. The book, besides a tour around the inside of this house, also includes articles on the history of the Masó family and the works this architect did on his house.

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Casa Mila / La Pedrera

La Pedrera, Architecture and History

Carlos Flores, Josep Maria Huertas. Foreword Daniel Giralt-Miracle

The book presents two aspects of the history of the building, the architectural and the social. Carlos Flores is a highly respected architectural historian, one of the foremost experts on 20th-century Spanish architecture and has has an admirable capacity for strictly architectural analysis and an admirable facility for making the architectonic subjects he deals with comprehensible and appealing. With regard to the previously unwritten social history of the Casa Milà, of the events — joyful and sombre, glorious and inglorious — undergone by the building Josep Maria Huertas, one of the most gifted chroniclers of the city of Barcelona, who always manages to find the data and the facts that explain most clearly the life and times of an individual, a neighbourhood or an institution, as he has demonstrated in his articles in the press and in his many books. The book is completed with plans of the building — unpublished until now — and a selection of large-scale photographs.

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Casa Orgánica

Arquitectura Orgánica de Senosiain

Javier Senosiain

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Chabot Museum

Chabot Museum – Villa Park in the City

Elly Adriaans, Jisca Bijlsma, Joris Molenaar, ZUS

A seductive visual voyage of discovery through the area around the Chabot Museum on the basis of photographs by the Rotterdam photographer Jannes Linders leads past the ensemble of white villas at the Museumpark. The book also presents the architecture and restoration, collection and museum policy of the Chabot Museum (national monument since 2000).

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The Dageraad

The Dageraad

Alice Roegholt, Ton Heijdra

The Dageraad is a world-famous social housing complex located in Berlage’s Plan Zuid. It was designed by the architects Michel de Klerk and Piet Kramer in the style of the Amsterdam School. The initiative to build it was taken by a worker cooperative that managed shops and wanted to provide the workers with good quality housing. Important Dutch politicians were involved in its realization, among them Amsterdam’s Alderman Floor Wibaut, who is still honoured at the complex today. In 2001, the building was hailed as the most beautiful social housing complex in the Netherlands. This book describes the remarkable architecture of The Dageraad and the ideals that inspired it. It is published by Museum Het Schip and the affiliated Visitor Centre De Dageraad.”

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Didrichsen Art Museum

A Cultural Oasis in Helsinki – The Didrichsen Art Museum

Maria Didrichsen

A compact story of the museum with glimpses into the history, architecture, collections and exhibitions arranged at the museum.
Hard cover
Size 24 x 22 cm
64 pages
122 images
Price: € 13 plus handling and shipment

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Dijkstra House

Huizen in Nederland - de negentiende en twintigste eeuw

Coert Peter Krabbe, Dolf Broekhuizen, Niek Smit

This profusely illustrated book describes the history of the house in The Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century. It contains detailed descriptions of historic houses from this period owned by Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser, the leading historic houses association of The Netherlands, among which famous designs by Berlage and Rietveld. Also included is the iconic Dijkstra House, a holiday house designed in 1932 by modernist architects Merkelbach and Karsten. The book is in the Dutch language, richly illustrated with photos and drawings.

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Domenig Steinhaus

Gunther Domenig: Stonehouse at Steindorf - Sketches, Drawings, Models, Objects

Peter Noever

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Dorich House Museum

Dora Gordine: Sculptor, Artist, Designer

Jonathan Black, Brenda Martin

This book brings together for the first time the life and works of Dora Gordine: sculptor, architect, designer and lecturer. Recognized in her lifetime as one of Britain's few leading females in her field, Gordine was a sculptor in bronze, architect, interior designer and lecturer who was widely identified between the late 1930s and early 1960s as one of Britain's few leading female sculptural talents.

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Fallingwater

Fallingwater

Lynda Waggoner (ed.)

New Edition! New Price! Fallingwater, published in 2011 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous residential work. This beautiful book features authoritative essays by Lynda Waggoner, Director Emerita of Fallingwater, David DeLong, Rick Darke, Neil Levine, John Reynolds, Robert Silman, and Fallingwater’s current director Justin Gunther. The photography is by Christopher Little.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

The Oak Park Home and Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright

Drawing on revealing family documents, including a 1958 interview with Frederick Robie, the author has compiled an in-depth study of this landmark of modern architecture. The authoritative, insightful text is enhanced by 160 illustrations: recent and historic photos, perspectives and elevations, floor plans, furnishings, art glass. By Donald Hoffman. 98 pages, 160 black and white illustrations. Paperback.

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Frederick C. Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

A lavishly illustrated guide to the restored building. The text focuses on the history of the buildings and how they embody Wright's principles. Historic photos and floor plans are included. 48 pages, 27 black and white illustrations, 43 color plates. 1988. Paper.

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Frida Kahlo Museum

Frida Kahlo at Home

Suzanne Barbezat

Frida Kahlo at Home explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, the Blue House and other places Frida travelled to and called home, on her life and work.
'In this beautifully illustrated and thoughtful book, Suzane Barbezat, an Oaxaca-based travel writer, teacher, and tour guide, explores the famous Casa Azul. Along with a plethora of images of [Kahlo's] paintings, the book features archive images, family photographs, objects, and artifacts from her personal collection as well as photos of the surrounding landscape, all of which offer insight into how these places shaped her work and vision.'
An Artnet Favourite Art Book of 2016.

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Futuro House

Futuro House - Tomorrow's House from Yesterday

The book, Futuro - Tomorrow's House from Yesterday gives several view points of the Futuro house designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, first introduced in 1968.

Also included is a DVD featuring the 29-minute documentary film FUTURO - A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998) plus 45 minutes of rare amateur film and other archive footage.

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The Gamble House

The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California

Edward R. Bosley, Anne E. Mallek, Ann Scheid, Robert Winter

Designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, the Gamble House ranks high among the great works of architecture worldwide. Commissioned by heirs to the Procter & Gamble fortune, the house embodies not only the noblest aspirations of the Arts & Crafts movement but also the aspirations of Americans who seek to live in greater harmony with the land. It is the paramount collaboration between two of America’s most gifted architects and their astute patrons.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio

Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu

Barbara Buhler Lynes, Agapita Lopez

Georgia O’Keeffe’s two houses in New Mexico—at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch—are essential elements in her paintings, but their history has never before been detailed. Quoting liberally from the artist’s letters, Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez create a vibrant picture of O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and her homes, which have long intrigued the public. An essay by architect Beverly Spears describes the distinctive characteristics of adobe construction.
The bountiful illustrations include photographs made especially for this book showing the houses as they are today, photographs of O’Keeffe at home by major photographers, and her paintings of the houses and the landscapes surrounding them.

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Grace Miller House

Richard Neutra's Miller House

Stephen Leet

At the dawn of his international fame, architect Richard Neutra was approached by a St. Louis socialite, Grace Lewis Miller, to design a small winter home on the edge of glamour-baked Palm Springs. Miller wanted an open, light-filled house that could also act as a studio for her fashionably avant-garde exercise course in posture and grace, "The Mensendieck System." This unique program, combined with the desert landscape and the proactive health-minded client appealed to the idealist in Neutra. The frequent, fervent dialog between Neutra and Miller, who had great mutual respect, produced a work of forward-thinking and artful architecture.
In Richard Neutra's Miller House, Stephen Leet traces the conception and realization of the house, examines the complex relationship between architect and client, and shows how the Mensendieck System influenced the creation of this seminal Neutra project. Beautiful duotone photographs by Julius Shulman, excerpts from the detailed correspondence between Neutra and Miller, and sketches and drawing provide valuable insight into the design process.
Like the houses of Albert Frey, a contemporary of Neutra's who also build in the desert, the Miller House shows how architecture , the California landscape, and an interest in well-being can intersect in a moment of the architectural sublime.

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Haus Auerbach

Haus Auerbach

Barbara Happe, Martin S. Fisher

While Director of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius built the Auerbach House in 1924, his first private house in the Bauhaus mode. Thus, this building is one of the most important milestones for the early years of the Bauhaus. Certainly, the most outstanding feature of the house is the authentic interior color scheme. It was first discovered during the restoration that Alfred Arndt designed color schemes for every interior wall. Preserving almost all original details, today the house glows again with the 37 original pastel tones. This book also recounts the moving story of the Auerbachs, a married Jewish couple who helped to shape Jena’s social life at the turn of the century, befriended Edvard Munch, fought for women’s rights, and whose house symbolized resistance to the expulsion of the Bauhaus from Weimar.Hardcover

German: ISBN 978-3-86859-564-2
Englisch: ISBN 978-3-86859-574-1

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Haus Hohe Pappeln

Henry Van de Velde - Das Haus unter den hohen Pappeln

Antje Neumann, Thomas Föhl

Der 'Alleskünstler' Henry van de Velde (18631957) war einer der wichtigsten Designer der Moderne. Seit 1902 in Weimar, arbeitete er lebenslang im Geiste des von ihm verehrten Denkers Friedrich Nietzsche. Mit seiner Öffnung 1999 hat sich das ehem. Wohnhaus des Flamen zu einem Anziehungspunkt in Weimar entwickelt. 2013 wurde die als Gesamtkunstwerk konzipierte Villa von 14.000 Besuchern frequentiert. Das 1999 erstmals publizierte Buch zum Weimarer Wohnsitz Van de Veldes ist nach der 3. Auflage vergriffen und wird vollständig überarbeitet und erweitert neu aufgelegt.

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Haus Schminke

Kelly Ship in heavy sees - The Schminke House in the Mirror of the Twentieth Century

Frank Seibel

The Schminke House in the Saxon town of Löbau in the south-eastern corner of Germany is one of the world's most important and beautiful private houses from the Classical Modernity. A medium-sized family of entrepreneurs, the noodle manufacturer Fritz Schminke and his wife Charlotte, asked architect Hans Scharoun, to design their house, which the locals lovingly call the most unusual house in the city and far beyond. And whoever enters it forgets involuntarily, that he is currently in contact with something that seems rather strange to many: modern art. People from many countries come here to experience fireworks of brilliant ideas: ship's railing and porthole windows, one of the first fitted kitchens and spaces that catch every ray of light. Moving and contradictory were the times when it was conceived and animated. The history of this house and the people who created it and lived in it is incredibly diverse and not without contradictions. The book presents the architecture, the architects and the life stories of the Oberlausitz entrepreneurial family and is an invitation to experience this monument of modern art for yourself. Language: German / English

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House Duldeck

Archivmagazin

Schwerpunkte: 100 Jahre Haus Duldeck; Zum Gedenken an Hella Wiesberger
Contributions from the Rudolf Steiner Archive No. 4 | 2015

The fourth issue of the "Archivmagazin" has two main themes: Haus Duldeck, designed in 1915 by Rudolf Steiner as a residence for the Grosheintz family and today the seat of the Rudolf Steiner Archive, and the memory of Hella Wiesberger, the long-standing editor and architect of the total output.

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Hortamuseum

The Hortamuseum, Brussels

Françoise Aubry

This little book is a jewel. It details the house that Victor Horta designed for himself and now is a museum that honors his amazing Art Nouveau architectural, interior design and furniture design genius. With many photographs and detailed text, it gives you an in depth view of this masterpieces that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

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Isokon Gallery

Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain

Leyla Daybelge, Magnus Englund

In the mid-1930s, three giants of the international Modern movement, Bauhaus professors Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, fled Nazi Germany and sought refuge in Hampstead in the most exciting new apartment block in Britain. The Lawn Road Flats, or Isokon building (as it came to be known), was commissioned by the young visionary couple Jack and Molly Pritchard and designed by aspiring architect Wells Coates. Built in 1934 in response to the question `How do we want to live now?' it was England's first modernist apartment building and was hugely influential in pioneering the concept of minimal living. During the mid-1930s and 1940s its flats, bar and dining club became an extraordinary creative nexus for international artists, writers and thinkers.

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Jurkovič House

Dušan Jurkovič. The Architect and his House

Dana Bořutová

This book is published by the Moravian Gallery in Brno in 2010 as part of the project Center Dušan Samo Jurkovič in Brno, supported by a grant from Norway through Norwegian Financial mechanism. The publication is available in the Czech, English and German versions.

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James Rose Center

James Rose

Dean Carasis

The first biography of this important landscape architect, James Rose examines the work of one of the most radical figures in the history of mid-century modernist American landscape design. An artist who explored his profession with words and built works, Rose fearlessly critiqued the developing patterns of land use he witnessed during a period of rapid suburban development. The alternatives he offered in his designs for hundreds of gardens were based on innovative and iconoclastic environmental and philosophic principles, some of which have become mainstream today.

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Jan de Jonghuis

Huizen in Nederland - de negentiende en twintigste eeuw

Coert Peter Krabbe, Dolf Broekhuizen, Niek Smit

This profusely illustrated book describes the history of the house in The Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century. It contains detailed descriptions of historic houses from this period owned by Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser, the leading historic houses association of The Netherlands, among which famous designs by Berlage and Rietveld. Also included is the iconic Dijkstra House, a holiday house designed in 1932 by modernist architects Merkelbach and Karsten. The book is in the Dutch language, richly illustrated with photos and drawings.

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Keret House

Void Spaces

Jan Wolénski, Etgar Keret

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Maison Louis Carré

Alvar Aalto. Maison Louis Carré

Esa Laaksonen and Ásdís Ólafsdóttir

The English version of the Maison Louis Carré book (the vol. 20 of the monography series) is out of print. The Aalto Foundation reprinted the French version in 2018.

In the mid-1950s, Alvar Aalto and his wife Elissa designed the home of a wealthy Parisian client, art dealer Louis Carré. The house and garden were delivered in 1959, but the project was not really completed until 1963, after the construction of the pool and its changing rooms.

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Manitoga

Guide to Easier Living

Russel Wright, Mary Wright

Time is a valued commodity in our modern world, and everyone struggles to make the most of each minute. Russel and Mary Wright recognized decades ago that finding time to organize their lives and homes would become a priority for modern men and women. In their groundbreaking book, Guide to Easier Living, the Wrights offered simple ways to achieve a comfortable, well-designed, and organized living environment in any home for any family. Originally published in 1950, Gibbs Smith is proud to rerelease Guide to Easier Living, and to reintroduce the Wrights' time-tested and proven methods for maintaining an inviting and efficient home. From ways to make household chores as fast and painless as possible, to how to organize a room for maximum living space, the Wrights pioneered a new informal way of living for a newly suburban American public. The Wrights' ideas revolutionized American living and the way everyday people dealt with the unending job of keeping a home in order. These methods and ideas are just as relevant-if not more so-today as they were a half-century ago. Russel and Mary Wright were prominent and successful designers who pioneered the fusion of modern design and informal living. Most importantly, they were known for their tabletop designs. The Wrights' most famous tabletop design, American Modern, was the best-selling dinnerware in American history and has just been rereleased by Oneida Ltd.

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Melnikov House

Melnikov House

Icon of the Avant-Garde, Family Home,
Architecture Museum
Pavel Kuznetsov
Modern photography by Denis Esakov

The Melnikov House, a building designed by architect Konstantin Melnikov in Moscow for himself and his family (1927–1929), is an icon of the architectural avant-garde. The house was originally built as an experimental cylindrical house to test Konstantin Melnikov’s very own concept for the mass construction of housing. The original layout, elegant spatial arrangement and ingenious engineering techniques have made this masterpiece world famous.

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The Modulightor Building

Paul Rudolph: The Late Work

Roberto De Alba; with an introduction by Robert Bruegmann

Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) was one of America’s greatest Modern architects, known for his strong, expressive forms, powerful spaces, innovative uses of materials and light, and interest in urbanism. He achieved great success doing buildings of all types, and is most famous for his “Mid-Century Modern” work in the 1950’s-60’s—of which the Yale Art & Architecture Building is the iconic example.
Rudolph’s creative and prolific career extended to nearly the end of the 20th century—and this book focuses on the work in the latter phases. It includes: buildings for many parts of the US, fascinatingly ambitious projects for Asia, the Modulightor Building (the headquarters for the lighting business which he co-founded), and the design of his own intriguing residence (his “Quadruplex” on Beekman Place in NYC).
Hand-picked by Rudolph himself, the 27 projects profiled in this book are shown through a rich selection of drawings, sketches, photographs, plans, and perspective views. The book includes illuminating introductory texts by Roberto De Alba, Mildred F. Schmertz, and Robert Bruegmann; as well as an interview with Paul Rudolph by Peter Blake.

Out of print, but at the Modulightor Building are still copies for sale, so the book can be ordered by contacting them through the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation’s website.

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Muuratsalo Experimental House

Muuratsalo Experimental House 1952–54; Studio Aalto 1954–63

Juhani Pallasmaa

This volume in the book series Alvar Aalto Architect, presents two buildings from the 1950s, Muuratsalo Experimental House and Studio Aalto, which are linked to both the architect’s work and leisure. Studio Aalto (1954-55, 1962-63) in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki, served as the architect’s office, and was the main stage for his productive international career. Aalto also enjoyed spending time in the Muuratsalo Experimental House (1952-54) built on the island of Päijänne as a counterbalance to his work.

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Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Juan O’Gorman: Casa O’Gorman 1929

Toyo Ito, Xavier Guzmán, Victor Jiménez, Juan O'Goman

Mexican architect and painter Juan O'Gorman (1905–82) had a spectacular debut as an architect, designing his own house at the age of 24. On the strength of this building, Diego Rivera commissioned O'Gorman to design a pair of studio-houses for himself and Frida Kahlo on contiguous lots, connected by a bridge. But O'Gorman was somewhat forgotten in histories of modern architecture, until the restoration of Rivera's and Kahlo's house in the late 1990s led to a rediscovery of the architect's work and a reappraisal of his place in contemporary Mexican architecture. In 2013 O'Gorman's own first house, which he began designing in 1929 and completed in 1931, was restored. Uncompromisingly radical and rigorously functional, this design reveals O'Gorman as a Mexican pioneer of avant-garde architecture. Casa O'Gorman 1929 tells the story of this unique building and how it was salvaged through beautiful color photographs.

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Papaverhof

De Papaverhof van Jan Wils

Marcel Teunissen, with contributions from Hans Janssen (Haags Gemeentemuseum).

The monograph on the Dutch national monument ’De Papaverhof’ in The Hague was issued on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the caretaker, the housing association 'Daal en Berg'. The Papaverhof is one of the most groundbreaking Dutch housing projects. The internationally renowned 1920's Jan Wils garden houses provide a unique synthesis between the aesthetics of 'De Stijl' and the cubic brick architecture of the 'Nieuwe Haagse School'. Architect Wils belonged to 'De Stijl', founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg, who rented a house in the ‘De Papaverhof’ complex from 1922 to 1925. Also Piet Mondriaan, Gerrit Rietveld and Vilmos Huszar were members of ‘De Stijl’.

The book has an English summary and captions are in Dutch and English.

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Plečnik House

Hiša Plečnik House

Ana Porok et al.

The book "Hiša Plečnik House: on the centenary of the purchase of the house at 4 Karunova street in the year of Plečnik House's comprehensive renovation (1915–2015)" offers a comprehensive insight in the work of conservators, restorers, architects of the renovation, landscape architects in charge of the garden renovation, and photographic landscapes of the Plečnik House renovation.

The book also has several new findings regarding this great master, testimonies from people who witnessed the last moments of Jože Plečnik, and previously unpublished photographs of the architect.

The book was published as a monograph, in Slovene and English versions. 186 pages.

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Rietveld Schröder House

Gerrit Rietveld

Ida van Zijl

The richly illustrated and accessible monograph on the Dutch designer and world-renowned architect - now in paperback.

Gerrit Rietveld's simple yet dynamic style greatly influenced international furniture design and contributed significantly to the history of architecture. Following Rietveld from his humble beginnings as a cabinetmaker to his final years as a world-renowned architect, this book presents both his lesser-known work and his most celebrated. It explores his significance in the wider context of avant-garde movements, and his influence within De Stijl and Functionalism. This highly detailed yet accessible monograph is designed by the acclaimed Dutch designer Wim Crouwel.

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Het Schip

Workers’ Palace The Ship

Ton Heijdra, Richelle Wansing

The Ship in Amsterdam marks an international high point in art, architecture and social housing. It was designed by the Dutch architect Michel de Klerk in the expressionist Amsterdam School style of architecture. With its wavy patterns in colourful brick, sculptural forms and wealth of detailing, The Ship is a real eye-catcher that continues to attract visitors from around the world. In this richly illustrated book, Museum Het Schip – housed within The Ship – shows why The Ship is known as a workers’ palace.

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Saarinen House

Saarinen Houses

Jari Jetsonen, Sirkkaliisa jetsonen
Forward by Gregory Wittkopp

They are architecture's most famous father-son duo: Eero, the younger Saarinen, designer of such masterpieces as the TWA Terminal Building at Kennedy Airport, and his father Eliel, celebrated for triumphs such as the art nouveau railway station in Helsinki. Lesser known, but no less impressive, are their houses, which, regardless of style, share a belief in architecture as a total work of art. Featuring carefully designed interiors, often with custom-made furniture, they effortlessly merge with the landscape, and reward residents with exciting views, inviting nooks, and opulent furnishings. For the first time, Saarinen Houses presents seventeen remarkable houses built over a span of six decades, in Finland and the United States. From Eliel's early twentieth-century Villa Pulkanranta, an eclectic mix of local Finnish design traditions and international influences, to Eero s Miller House, one of the most significant examples of modern domestic architecture in the United States, each project features original drawings and archival photos, as well as new interior and exterior shots. This book is a revelation for the Saarinen family faithful and an inspiration for anyone captivated by beautifully designed homes.
The first book about Eliel and Eero Saarinen's residential work.
Includes an interview with landscape architect Susan Saarinen, discussing her memories of her father and grandfather.
Inspiration for those interested in interiors and styles from art nouveau to midcentury modern.

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Sonneveld House

Sonneveld House

Elly Adriaansz, Barbara Laan, Joris Molenaar, Mienke Simon Thomas

The Sonneveld House in Rotterdam is one of the best preserved examples of Dutch Functionalist domestic architecture. It was built in 1933 to a design by Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, an architectural practice that acquired international fame with its designs for the Van Nelle Factory, the Van der Leeuw House and Feyenoord Stadium, all three in Rotterdam. The Sonneveld House, now a museum, was originally built for one of the Van Nelle directors, A.H. Sonneveld.

An unusual feature of the Sonneveld commission was that Brinkman and Van der Vugt designed not only the house but also the whole interior. For the latter they used the recently introduced series furniture and lamps by Gispen and fabrics from the collection of Metz & Co.

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Studio Aalto

Muuratsalo Experimental House 1952–54; Studio Aalto 1954–63

Marc Treib

This volume in the book series Alvar Aalto Architect, presents two buildings from the 1950s, Muuratsalo Experimental House and Studio Aalto, which are linked to both the architect’s work and leisure. Studio Aalto (1954-55, 1962-63) in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki, served as the architect’s office, and was the main stage for his productive international career. Aalto also enjoyed spending time in the Muuratsalo Experimental House (1952-54) built on the island of Päijänne as a counterbalance to his work.

Studio Aalto was completed in Munkkiniemi in Helsinki in 1954, close to Aalto’s own home (1935–36), which had previously housed both the family’s residential areas and the architect’s office. In his article “Studio Aalto: Drawing on the White Table”, Professor Emeritus Marc Treib, M. Arch., sheds light on the history of the architect’s office, as well as the design, construction and working methods of Aalto’s office.

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Sunnylands

Sunnylands: America’s Midcentury Masterpiece

Janice Lyle

With its pastel green and yellow interior, its dazzling collection of Impressionist paintings, and long, low sofas that look like vintage Cadillac convertibles, Sunnylands was a Versailles for the Space Age. In Palm Springs, the mecca of midcentury modern architecture, this immaculately preserved estate is considered the undisputed masterpiece, envisioned by A. Quincy Jones, one of California’s most important architects, and furnished by California’s great decorator-to-the-stars, William Haines. Built by media moguls, art collectors, and diplomats Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands became a seat of power where politicians, movie stars, and corporate leaders could meet, relax, reflect, make deals, and run the world—all with nobody watching. For four decades, an invitation to New Year’s Eve at Sunnylands was the ultimate social prize. Exquisitely illustrated, Sunnylands is a must-have for every fan of midcentury design.

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Taut's Home

Bruno Tauts Hufeisensiedlung

Ben Buschfeld

Berlin was one of the hotspots of the modern movement and the Bauhaus style of the 1920s. The city hosts lots of ground-breaking public housing projects. In 2008 six of them have been listed as A UNESCO World heritage. This architectural guide offers tour tips to all six estates, but focuses on the most famous one, the so called "Horseshoe Estate" by Bruno Taut. The guide was compiled by the landlords of the rentable holiday house "Taut´s Home", which is part of the ensemble and offers a unique time travel experience for design enthusiasts. The handy bilingual book contains various images, maps and and an additional chapter about the award-winning restoration and its museum-like furniture.

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Ungers Archive for Architectural Studies

Oswald Mathias Ungers Haus Belvederestrasse 60 Köln-Müngersdorf

Essay by Wolfgang Pehnt

Built in 1959, Belvederestrasse was the first private home Oswald Mathias Ungers built for himself. In 1989 he added a cube building in the garden for his extensive library and also undertook great changes to the original house. This monograph documents these two building phases with partly unpublished plans and photographs.

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Van Schijndel House

Van Schijndel House - The house of architect Mart van Schijndel

Natascha Drabbe, Hans van Heeswijk, Arjen Oosterman
Foreword by Raymond Richard Neutra

This richly illustrated book includes new, extensive photography of the house, historic images of the location, and previously unpublished sketches from the personal archive of the architect Mart van Schijndel (1943-1999). Using these as well as material from his interviews and writings, the book portrays an architect's creation of his own special world, innovatively adapted to the various restrictions of the site.

For the first time a book thoroughly documents the experimental techniques, innovative material applications and ingenious details found in the Van Schijndel House (1992) in Utrecht, the Netherlands' youngest architectural monument. The book offers a unique insight into an inspiring house and includes a film which offers the architect's own commentary.

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Villa Cavrois

Un château moderne

Paul-Hervé Parsy

Since its construction, the villa Cavrois was an object of exploration for photographers. It is Robert Mallet-Stevens himself who launched fashion by publishing in 1928 in the journal L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui the photographs of Albin Salaün, which gave rise two years later to the book Une demeure 1934, a small collection of 28 pages composed of splendid black and white photographs. The images of the villa then spread around the world and were published in many newspapers and magazines.

In the 1980s, the Georges Pompidou Center entrusted Véra Cardot and Pierre Joly with an ultimate photo documentation before the Cavrois family dispersed the furniture and sold their "modern castle". Followed 10 years of abandonment and vandalism during which many photographers and artists slipped behind the palisades to bring back clichés which, to be often of a great plastic beauty, do not testify any less of the extreme degradation of the Villa. In 2015, the villa was finally restored to its state of 1932 was probably the most photographed and most published modern building of the year.

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Villa E-1027

E.1027 Eileen Gray

O’Neil Ford Monograph 7 - a joint publication between The University of Texas at Austin and the Center for American Architecture and Design and Ernst J. Wasmuth Verlag, Tübingen Berlin.

Eileen Gray designed the site and its landscaping, the building, the spatial arrangement, the different windows and doors; she created the hardware, the many items of fixed and loose furniture, the lamps, the textiles, and the color scheme—all while also being involved in transporting the building materials and supervising construction. While some of the one hundred elements that Eileen Gray designed specifically for E.1027, only about a quarter are included in the monograph; nevertheless, upon turning to the last page, the attentive reader may well conclude that there was not one comparable total work of modern art produced in the twentieth century anywhere as this debut in architecture.

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Villa Mairea

Inside the Villa Mairea. Art, Design and Interior Architecture

Martti Anhava, Kirsi Gullichsen, Kristian Gullichsen, Carolus Enckell

In the autumn of 1936, Finnish art patrons and industrialists Maire and Harry Gullichsen asked their friends, Alvar and Aino Aalto, to design a home for them. The design process turned into a vivid interaction between architects and clients, and the resulting residence, Villa Mairea, became one of the masterpieces of 20th-century Modernist architecture and design. It also became a lifelong project for Maire Gullichsen, the house's namesake. This huge, extensively illustrated book documents the interiors of Villa Mairea, built in 1938-39. This volume focuses on the rich world of works of art, design objects, furniture, light fittings and textiles inside the walls of the house. "It is the inside story of Maire Gullichsen's lifelong effort to create a setting where art and furnishings are in a subtle dialogue with the architectural design of the villa," writes the Gullichsen's son, Kristian, who grew up in the house. As one friend of Aalto's said, "This is not a house, this is a love poem."

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Villa Müller

The Müller Villa in Prague - Guide

Valadimír Šlapeta, Jana Horneková, Karel Ksandr, Maria Szadkowska

Guide to one of the most important buildings of the interwar architecture - the Müller Villa in Prague 6 - Střešovice in photographs from 1929-1930 and after reconstruction in 2000.

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Villa Rothmayer

Villa Rothmayer - Guide

Daniela Karasová, Peter Krajči, Jan Mlčoch, Damjan Prelovšek, Zuzana Strnadová, Maria Szadkowska

The personal residence of the architect Otto Rothmayer - the Villa Rothmayer - is an important work of Prague´s interwar architecture.

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Villa Tugendhat

Mies in Brno. Tugendhat House

Černá, Iveta; Černoušková Dagmar (eds.)

The Monograph MIES IN BRNO. THE TUGENDHAT HOUSE was first published in December 2012 (in Czech) as the first publication of a book series by the Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre; in July 2013 it was also published in English. Its name loosely links to the generous publishing projects mapping the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the USA and in Germany (Mies in America, Mies in Berlin). This second expanded edition was published in December 2016 in Czech and in December 2018 in English, supplemented with the latest knowledge and literature and further pictorial appendices.

The book is available for purchase at Villa Tugendhat and at Brno City Museum inside Špilberk Castle.

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Weidlinger House

Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape

Peter McMahon, Christine Cipriani

Cape Cod Modern tells the fascinating story of the cosmopolitan group of designers who settled in Wellfleet and Truro between the 1930s and 1970s, and their experimental architectural legacy in the woods and dunes. The book draws on Trust archives — including dozens of architectural and personal photos — but is largely a work of new research by Peter McMahon and Boston-based architecture writer Christine Cipriani, who had begun to study the houses independently. The narrative is enriched by dazzling and important new photographs by Raimund Koch, new drawings of eight houses by Thomas Dalmas, and interviews with designers, their families, and their clients.

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Weissenhofmuseum im Haus Le Corbusier

Weissenhofmuseum in the Le Corbusier House

Friedemann Gschwind, Dr. Kathrin Groke

In the pair of semi-detached houses designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret the Weissenhof Museum provides information on the development of the Weissenhof estate and its eventful history. The right half of the building, extensively restored according to its design of 1927, conveys an impression of the original state of this significant structure in terms of cultural history. Not only visitors to the Weissenhof Museum will enjoy reading and leafing through the informative material: it is a treasure trove for all architecture enthusiasts who want to learn more about the classic modern age.

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Wharton Esherick Museum

Esherick, Maloof, Nakashima: Homes of the Master Wood Artisans

Tina Skinner, Steven Paul Whitsitt

Rich photographs explore the homes of three world renowned wood artist/craftsmen of the modern era.

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