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Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream Hardcover – 25 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc; 1 edition (25 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586851845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586851842
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.4 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text honors the work of Joseph Eichler, a pioneering developer of California's middle-class residential suburbs during the 1950s and 60s. The text explores Eichler himself and those who joined in his groundbreaking work, the source of Eichler's ideas and designs, how the homes were built, how builders were able to keep the building process wit

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Modernist residential design was, in many ways, ideally suited to the everyday realities of 1950s American middle-class culture, and in California it meshed with the emerging post-World War II culture better than anywhere else. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
This is a stunning book with some outstanding photography. I came to this via a circuitous route in that many of the photographs included were apparently the inspiration for the Parr house design in Pixar's The Incredibles movie. That was my introduction to Eichler style design and I've been a fan ever since. At the time of writing this review the book is still available at its cover price from Eichler Network's online CA Modern Shop, although they apparently only have limited quantities remaining. So don't pay silly money unless you have too!
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The Book on Eichler 14 Nov 2006
By LuckyStripes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Whether you have an interest in mid-century modern design, Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian architecture or just Eichler...this book is a terrifc buy. While content rich it is still visually appealing and can easily function as a "coffee table" book. This book also serves as a terrific "idea guide" for those in search of small spacce solutions and/or modern landscaping layouts that bring the "outdoors in."
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Detail Rich 1 July 2009
By Voracious Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with detailed descriptions of many aspects of Joseph Eichler and Eicher Homes. A marvelous array of photographs complement the engaging text.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Book 10 Oct 2012
By Caroline S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Joseph Eichler is known for his 1950's Atrium homes. This book has text and some floor plans, a great addition to my library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Terrific book 21 Jun 2014
By Marin Q - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is worth putting on your coffee table. The quality of the pictures is amazing. They are taken by Ernie Braun who was the official photographer for the company. It is also a very serious book.

This is classic mid-century architecture that was so new at the time and allowed to bring Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas to the mainstream. Frank Lloyd Wright had not envisioned this would happen and the form it would take but his influence is undeniable. The architects involved included his students.

This book by Paul Adamson and Marty Arbunich is a must read if you have interest in the topic. The pictures are beautiful but it's a serious book based on extensive research. It could be a textbook for architecture studies.

Any Eichler is representative of the modernist architecture of the fifties and sixties at its very best. The departure from the conventional styles was unprecedented for the time and the book illustrates it in many ways.

Eichler Homes were about more than architecture and the authors do an excellent job of showing the social conscience demonstrated in the Eichler progressive worldview. The design shows connectedness and eliminates borders which reflects Joseph Eichler's progressive views on family structure and inter-family relationships. Eichler communities fully adopted the policy of nondiscrimination.

Eichlers are still going strong and are in great demand. Living in one is a special experience that this book describes so clearly.

Steve Jobs' biography says that he credited much of his creativity to living in an Eichler home and seeing beauty in simplicity. It is now argued that Steve Jobs lived in a home that was similar to Eichler's but built by a competitor and imitator. The design ideas were similar even if it wasn't a real Eichler home. Co-founder of Apple lived in an Eichler in his childhood.

Joseph Eichler brought the innovative modernist ideas to what is now called mass production without cheapening them in the process. Adamson and Arbunich's terrific book explains and graphically shows how it was done.
24 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Book! 6 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a Eichler home owner I couldn't wait for this book to arrive and thankfully it was a joy to read and pour over all the original photos in the book. I always knew I owned a special home and now I own a wonderful book that validates that too. Even if you are not a Eichler homeowner, but rather just a fan of mid-century homes this is also a must have for your library as it goes into more then just Joe Eichler and his homes. Enjoy the read!
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