- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd; illustrated edition edition (16 Aug. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1858944058
- ISBN-13: 978-1858944050
- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23.8 x 1.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain Paperback – Illustrated, 16 Aug 2007
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Innovative, hugely informative and bursting with life, this is a must-have book for any fan of the Modern Movement. --Grand Designs Magazine, July 2005
About the Author
Alan Powers, one of the UK's leading architectural historians, has published widely on all aspects of the twentieth-century architecture and design. He teaches at the University of Greenwich, London. Morley Von Sternberg is recognized as one of today's leading architectural photographers. His other books include Berthold Lubetkin (Merrell, 2002).
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Top Customer Reviews
Throughout the book the up-to-date photos seamlessly blend in with period images, floor plans and Alan Powers excellent text. His introduction is a concise overview of 1930 to 1940 Modernism in Britain and then the bulk of the book is a comprehensive listing of the architects who designed these fascinating buildings. The majority are homes with commercial and public buildings making up the total. Each architect, or practice, has some general text then long captions to each of their buildings. Nicely, someone had the bright idea of putting all the historic reference notes about each house with the relevant architect so no flipping backwards and forwards to back pages.
Not every existing Modern building in Britain is covered but surely the relevant ones are included here. Buildings no longer standing get a mention like Pleydell-Bouverie's wing shaped Ramsgate aerodrome or Emberton's Blackpool Fun House. Another book: 'The Modern House Today' (ISBN 1901033724) by Nick Dawe and Kenneth Powell has much photo duplication with Powers book but has some other homes displayed with the same dazzling style photography.
'Modern' is well printed (175dpi) with Karen Wilks doing a beautiful design job and with Alan Powers fine text the short-lived Modern movement in Britain gets a reference book it deserves.
***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
The book is printed in high quality paper with very good BW and colour pictures.
There is an extensive reference guide in the back of the book for further reading.
It contains many blue prints and photographs of building that might be helpful to people involved in restoration and extension projects.
But not this one. The photographs are stunningly beautiful and, as other reviewers have remarked, it is fascinating to see so many private houses covered as well as famous large scale projects.
This had me sighing over desirable properties ... and googling estate agents/holiday lets that specialise in Modern homes.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book comes not in the coverage of these well-known modernists, and famous buildings such as Highpoint and the Lawn Rd flats, but in the relatively unknown architectural gems it uncovers (including many private residences) and the lesser-known British architects and practices of the era.
There is also an excellent selection of photos for each building, most commissioned expecially.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent, balanced book that has digestable text and wonderful pictures. A great introduction to the subject.Published on 6 Feb. 2015 by M. A. Coyle
This book Is a great entry level to the modern movement in Britain
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