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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470024194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470024195
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2.4 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...Heathcote′s new book...makes a good case for looking back in enthusiasm [at the 1970s]" (The Guardian Weekend magazine, 14th Jan 06) "The houses are wonderful and often little known. Barr has photographed them beautifully." ( Architects′ Journal, April 2006) "…an essential resource…a new and fundamentally positive interpretation of the 70’s." ( Interior Design , August 2006)

"...Heathcote′s new book...makes a good case for looking back in enthusiasm [at the 1970s]" ( The Guardian Weekend magazine , 14th Jan 06) "endlessly inspirational" ( Agalinks.com , March 2006) "The houses are wonderful and often little known. Barr has photographed them beautifully." ( Architects′ Journal, April 2006) "…an essential resource…a new and fundamentally positive interpretation of the 70’s." ( Interior Design , August 2006)

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Though described in the 90s as the decade that style forgot, the 70s has since gained a renewed kudos and magnetism in the new millennium. For anyone who grew up during the decade, the era has an obvious nostalgic pull. It is, however, its aesthetic diversity that has made it such a rich seam to mine for style and design ideas. In the 1970s, architecture and interior design was at an important turning point: the certainties and rigours of postwar Modernism were giving way to a sense of adventure and pluralism. While excitement and indulgence in new technologies and gadgetry was being pursued, so was a greater awareness of historical style and the ecological. The dynamism and variety of the decade has much in common with the Art Nouveau. Both periods share not only a desire to represent a new age and a preoccupation in local contexts, but also took place at a time that technological possibilities were running ahead of the design aesthetics of the day.

In order to encapsulate the pure range and scope of the age, David Heathcote and Sue Barr have travelled extensively in Europe and America photographing and researching afresh a unique set of houses. These have largely been unphotographed since their debut in architectural journals in the 70s. The book thus brings together for the first time, not only a representative but also atypical selection of domestic architecture. This is lusciously illustrated in a state of lived-in maturity that shows a very current diversity of ageless living spaces.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DrLMK on 11 Mar. 2010
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Heathcote and Barr's book goes some of the way to filling a gap for intelligent writing about architecture and design in the 1970's. Building on Richard Einzig's 'Classic Modern Houses in Europe' (1982), David Heathcote has sampled a range of European architects, including Michael and Patty Hopkins, Manser, Gwynne, and Christopher Day from the UK alone. Ranging through Ticino in Switzerland, Florence, and Long Island, Heathcote covers houses by architects such as Tombazis, De Vido, Frassinelli, the Neskis, and Norman Jaffe, amongs others.

Heathcote divides his subject into six sections. The first, 'Modernist', reflect on how 70's architects looked to Modernism for inspiration as they responded to the "altered sociology of the family". So double-height spaces, open planned living and grand entrances came to the fore. 'Diffusion' looks at how aesthetic trends diffused with Post-Modernism in terms of innovation, emulation and conservatism and also in terms of spreading across cultures and regions. 'Autoarchitectural' focuses on houses that architects have designed with themselves and their family in mind, highlighting the changing architectural response to domestic and service space, the need to incorporate work and study space, and the needs of children. 'Independent' explores the relationship between client and architect in the 1970's, as clients wanted to express more individuality and became 'consumers'. 'Reclaimed', one of the most interesting chapters, explores the tension between the old and the new, modern and vernacular, as pre-existing buildings were reclaimed in the 1970's, eg. barn conversions. This also highlighted issues of conservation and sustainability.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on 12 Dec. 2005
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This really took me by surprise, as the collection of houses in this book are trully stunning - and not a shag-pile carpet in sight! It's a very beautiful book to just look through, or if it's design ideas you're after you can't go wrong.
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All about 70s Houses - what a decade. What a decade.
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