‘Mid-Century Modern Complete’ by Dominic Bradbury, published through Thames & Hudson can be seen as the definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design. With over a 1000 illustrations, it is a must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home. It offers a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject: furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters, as well as architecture and interior design, use of innovative and affordable materials and forms of mass manufacture, and newly developed precepts of ‘good design’. Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted from Scandinavia, Western Europe, America, Japan, Brazil and Australia. They include icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer. Very inspirational!
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).
An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organizations, schools and movements. The book showcases classic designs as well as little-seen rarities, and unusual objets d’art as well as mass-produced items and includes thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned expert, all incredibly curated by Dominic Bradbury.
Dominic Bradbury is a freelance writer, journalist and consultant. He has contributed to many magazines and newspapers in the United Kingdom 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. This year Bradbury was responsible for ‘New Brazilian House’, ‘Mountain Modern’ and his landmark book, ‘Mid-Century Modern Complete’. 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, both published by Thames & Hudson.
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