Categories / Art and Photography, Books

Case Study Houses from Taschen

Fans of our sister site WowHaus will be fighting each other to get their hands on this rather impressive coffee table book from Taschen.

Case Study Houses is an intensive retrospective of post-war home design in California. The project, which took place between 1945 and 1966, saw the design of 36 prototype homes, conceived by such luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra and Eero Saarinen, that have defined what we now think of as the mid-century modern home. The book is a mammoth tome, packed with photographs from then and now, as well as original documents, extensive floor plans and intricate sketches of each of these iconic buildings. A fascinating insight into one of the most exciting periods in modernist architecture.

Case Study Houses is £135 from Amazon. See the website for more details.

Categories / Architecture, Books

Brutalism – Post-War British Architecture by Alexander Clement


Fans of concrete structures will no doubt love the idea of owning Brutalism – Post-War British Architecture by Alexander Clement, which is published by The Crowood Press later this month.

Brutalism describes architecture that appeared between the years 1945 – 1975, intended to be uncompromisingly modern and striking. But over time, it's a style that has divided the public – some love its bold shape, others see it as nothing more than soulless concrete, steel and glass.

Now we are far enough away from the era, Alexander Clement evaluates the architectural style, its impact and its future over 160 pages, which includes 150 colour photographs of key buildings. Published on 24th January, you can pre-order now for £18.95.

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London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945 by Barry Miles


A recent release that's certain to be of interest to anyone with an enthusiasm for London's 'underground' past – London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945 by Barry Miles.

It is described as 'a major and definitive history of the counterculture' by a 'pre-eminent chronicler of the cultural underground', written by a man who should know all about it, being the co-owner of the Indica Gallery, founder of the International Times and organiser of the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream event. In terms of content it looks at the counterculture that sprang up in the decades following the Second World War, focusing on the West End and Soho, from the heady days of post-war Soho. the jazz bars and clubs of the fifties, the teddy boys and the Angry Young Men, Francis Bacon and the legendary Colony Club, the 1960s and the Summer of Love, along with the rise of punk.

Out now in hardback, Amazon is selling it for a discounted £12.48.

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