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Pioneers of Modern Design: from William Morris to Walter Gropius (Pelican books)

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  • Unknown Binding: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1960)
  • ASIN: B001OPCEUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,913,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book really is an essential guide for anyone interested in the history of Modern design. Acessible and well-written, it clearly outlines the major theories of Art, Architecture and design of the twentieth century.
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Format: Paperback
Only now we're 'post-modern' are we able to recognise the horrors perpetrated in its name. This book first saw the light as Pioneers of the Modern MOVEMENT in 1936 from trendy Faber (why is there no history of Faber?): the second world war naturally put paid to such nonsense. MOMA put out a revised edition in 1949 but the Penguin edition had to wait until 1960, by which time the planners were well on the way to laying waste, sorry, 'remodeling' half our city centres and affordable housing stock with none of the flair shown here. Of course the destruction happened on Pevsner's watch. What shall we call him? A good man who fell among thieves? Perhaps modernism was always only for a wealthy elite. How many of Frank Lloyd Wright's dwellings depend for effect on their stunning settings? All, I'd say. Le Corbusier could design a chapel, not a housing estate. A once essential, still eye-opening book
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Format: Hardcover
I am not an architect but a student of interior design. The book gave an interesting introduction into the artistic inspiration and processes going on at the period from Morris to Grotius. Personally I loved it.
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An excellent informative book, which I am delighted to own. A text book to dip into which is exciting and helpful.
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