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Mid-Century Modern Design

A Complete Sourcebook

Dominic Bradbury


The ultimate survey of mid-century modern design and architecture

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This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. Mid-century furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters are covered, as well as architecture and interior design, exemplifying post-war optimism and energy, use of innovative and affordable materials and forms of mass manufacture, and newly developed precepts of ‘good design’.

Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted, whether based in Scandinavia, Western Europe, America, Japan, Brazil or Australia. They include icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer. An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organizations, schools and movements.

The book showcases classic designs as well as little-seen rarities, and unusual objets d’art as well as mass-produced items. Complete with thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned experts and over 1,000 mainly colour illustrations, it is a must-have acquisition for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home.

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'The ultimate compendium for fans of the aesthetic'
The Times

'Encyclopaedic … a comprehensive portrait of every aspect of post-war production … fascinating '

'Ambitious and superbly produced … comprehensive and stunning'
Antiques Diary

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.2 x 20.4 cm

Extent: 544 pp

Publication date: 15 October 2020

ISBN: 9780500023471

Contents List

I. Media & Masters: Furniture • Lighting • Glass and Ceramics • Textiles • Product and Industrial Design • Graphics and Posters • II. Houses & Interiors • III. A–Z of Designers and Makers

About the Author

Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on the subject, including Mountain Modern, New Brazilian House, Vertical Living, Mid Century Modern Complete, The Iconic Interior, Mediterranean Modern, New Natural Home and The Iconic House, all published by Thames & Hudson.