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Modernist Design Complete

Dominic Bradbury


An authoritative survey of the 20th century’s defining movement in design and the applied arts

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The powerful aesthetic and philosophical framework that Modernism ushered in during the early part of the 20th century revolutionized the built world, transformed our living spaces and lifestyles, and fundamentally changed the way we think about design. As they experimented with new forms, materials and techniques, Modernist designers rejected historical precedents to prioritize function over history and tradition. This comprehensive volume brings together all facets and scales of Modernist design, presenting the vast breadth of both towering and lesser-known figures, and revealing unexpected connections and new insights. With sections on furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, industrial and product design, graphic design and posters, architecture and interiors, and featuring profiles of nearly a hundred influential creators, including such iconic figures as Bruno Mathsson, Charlotte Perriand and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Eliel Saarinen and Walter Gropius, the book’s scope is unprecedented.

Complete with specially commissioned essays by established academics and subject specialists, and with over 600 illustrations, the majority in colour, Modernist Design Complete is set to become the definitive reference for a generation, indispensible for the designer’s studio, the library shelves or the collector’s desk.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.8 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 480 pp

Publication date: 11 October 2018

ISBN: 9780500518427

Contents List

Introduction • Media & Masters: 1. Furniture • 2. Lighting • 3. Ceramics & Glass • 4. Industrial & Product Design • Houses & Interiors • A–Z of Designers, Architects & Manufacturers

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.