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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: V&A Publishing (23 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851774769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851774760
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.6 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Examines the interiors of some of the leading modernist houses from around the world --BBC Homes & Antiques

This fascinating little book offers a clear summary of the key developments, figures and interiors --The Independent

About the Author

Tim Benton is Professor of Art History at the Open University. He has co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Thirties: British Art and Design before the War (1979) and Art and Power (1996) and is joint editor of Art Deco 1910-1939 (V&A 2003).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2007
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I thought this was a rather disappointing book, not much more than a cut and paste job from the author's two essays in the excellent 'Modernism: Designing a New World' also published by London's V&A Museum. This really can be considered the definitive book on the subject, rather like the V&A's 'Art Deco: 1910-1939', both books were published to tie in with major exhibitions at the museum.

'The Modernist Home' is a rather slim volume and you'll be able read it in a sitting. Covering all the important people and buildings, mostly in Europe. Visually I thought there was just too much designer white space throughout the book. Frequently photos of building interiors, referred to in the text, were too small and other images, of no particular importance, were too big.

Modernism deserves better than this and I would go for the 'Modernism: Designing a New World', to my mind it is the complete package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
From House to Home 6 Sept. 2006
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
By 1914, most the elements that would come together to form Modernism were already in place. In took the Great War to launch Modernism in the mainstream. By the early 1920's, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Mies, JJP Oud and other avant garde architects began building the first Modern houses.

"The Modernist Home" tracks the development of the Modern home from the early 1920's to the outbreak of the Second World War. During this time, the Modern home transformed from the theoretical Modern House of the 1920's to the more livable Modern Home of the late 1930's.

This is a slim volume that I imagine was published as a companion piece for an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. For those who already know something about the subject, there will be little new in this book. However, what makes the book intersting is in the beautiful pictures of Modern homes of the 1920's and 1930's. There are plenty of books about Art Deco homes but far fewer about the early Modern home. The book is a good value for its price. If you are new to the subject and are looking to learn more, I would recommend Tim Benton's, "Art Deco 1914-1939", probably the single best volume on the art and architecture of the inter-war years.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Slim-line modern 26 July 2007
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a rather disappointing book, not much more than a cut and paste job from the author's two essays in the excellent Modernism: Designing a New World also published by London's V&A Museum. This really can be considered the definitive book on the subject, rather like the V&A's 'Art Deco: 1910-1939', both books were published to tie in with major exhibitions at the museum.

'The Modernist Home' is a rather slim volume and you'll be able read it in a sitting. Covering all the important people and buildings, mostly in Europe. Visually I thought there was just too much designer white space throughout the book. Frequently photos of building interiors, referred to in the text, were too small and other images, of no particular importance, were too big.

Modernism deserves better than this and I would go for the 'Modernism: Designing a New World', to my mind it is the complete package.

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