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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (15 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500517274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500517277
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 5 x 31.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dominic Bradbury is a freelance writer, journalist and consultant. He has contributed to many magazines and newspapers in the UK and around the world, including The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Elle Decoration, Vogue Living, Belle, Dwell, House & Garden and many others.

His first book was published in 2000 and since then he has written a wide range of titles on architecture, interiors and design. Fresh titles for 2014 include New Brazilian House, Mountain Modern and the landmark book, Mid-Century Modern Complete, a definitive study of 1950s and '60s design, furniture and interiors, published by Thames & Hudson/Abrams.

Other books include New Country House, Vertical Living and Mediterranean Modern. Two key titles to date are The Iconic House and The Iconic Interior, with special photography by Richard Powers, published by Thames & Hudson. These international surveys of the landmark houses and interiors of the 20th Century have been translated into many languages and published around the world.

He is married with three children and lives in Norfolk, England.

For more background see www.dominicbradbury.net
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Dominic Bradbury has succeeded in balancing style with substance. --Mid Century Magazine

Packed with hundreds of drool-over designs. --The Guardian

A must for avid collectors of the period, the book's stylish design and photography are as beautiful as the era they evoke. --Images Interiors & Living

International in scope and inspirational in content. --Elle Decoration

The systematic approach to chronicling the most influential designers in each category is immensely helpful. --House & Garden

The stylishly-produced Mid-Century Modern Complete is the definitive book on the subject. --The Weekender

...the ultimate survey of mid-century modern design. --The Modern House Blog

The ultimate compendium for fans of the aesthetic. --Book of the Week, The Times

A whopper. --RetroToGo.com

Beautifully produced ... a must-read. --The Resident

Ambitious and superbly produced ... comprehensive and stunning ... it seems to justify the 'complete' title. --Antiques Diary

'Mid-Century Modern Complete' is an encyclopaedic volume that sets out to create a comprehensive portrait of every aspect of post-war production. That means a shelf-busting size, around 1,000 illustrations and a fascinating text that places objects in their often tumultuous historical context. --Wallpaper.com

For lovers of design from the 1950s and 1960s Thames & Hudson's new publication is a must. --Hali Magazine

A beautifully-produced run-through of the key designers and their work from this most influential era. A must read. --The Resident Magazine

Epic ... well-researched ... it's a joy to discover the stories behind both well-known and obscure pieces. --Alto Magazine

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2014
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The essence of this book are ninety-five heavily illustrated biographies of the designers and artists from around the world who produced the feel and look of mid-century creativity. The seven chapters cover: Furniture (109 pages) Lighting (42) Glass and ceramics (58) Textiles (46) Industrial and product design (48) Graphics (55) Houses and interiors (123). This is a very comprehensive coverage of modernity though, in my view, with some slight idiosyncrasies: why does the rather narrowly defined Lighting get so many pages and the broad scope of Industrial design only forty-eight and not one Case Study House is featured in the Houses chapter.

Each of the chapters has one or two essays with an overview of the subject with Furniture and Houses also looking at the collecting aspect. I thought these illustrated essays well worth reading especially Steven Heller's on 'Type, design and technology' and the author neatly sums up modernity with his six page intro. There is also a useful thirty-three page illustrated A-Z at the back of the book with about three hundred entries of individuals and companies, looking through these I found it hard to think of someone who had been left out.

Because the biographies are more or less standard detail, the sort of thing you can read in books by design historians Charlotte and Peter Fiell, it's the photos that made the pages come alive for me, there are over a thousand of them, all in colour and mostly big on the page. Slightly annoying that several hundred are cutouts floating on the page without a slight drop shadow, some do have this shadow effect and it makes them look much more interesting. The Houses chapter, the longest in the book, is particularly fine with plenty of wonderful interiors, rather the opposite of many architectural books that tend to favour just an exterior shot of a house.

Complete in the book's title is very true.
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By Audric Cheah on 23 April 2015
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Magnificently inspirational book for modernist design.
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By lucky Phil on 13 Jan. 2015
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Really great book, very comprehensive.
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By mr ja hodgkins on 17 Mar. 2015
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Great looking book.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr S J Lea on 27 Oct. 2014
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excellent survey of the period
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