Mid-Century Modern Complete
- ISBN 9780500517277
- 30.80 x 24.00 cm
- With over 1,000 illustrations
- First published 2014
The definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design. With over 1,000 illustrations, this is a must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home
'… an encyclopaedic volume that sets out to create a comprehensive portrait of every aspect of post-war production. That means a shelf-busting size, around 1,000 illustrations and a fascinating text that places objects in their often tumultuous historical context'– Wallpaper*
‘Ambitious and superbly produced … comprehensive and stunning … it seems to justify the “complete” title’– Antiques Diary
‘In collating mid-century design, this book does encourage one question - can you imagine life without it?’ – Alto Magazine
‘Beautifully produced … a must-read’– The Resident
‘The ultimate compendium for fans of the aesthetic’– Book of the Week, The Times
‘A treasure trove of modernist interiors’– Sainsbury’s Magazine
Mid-Century Modern 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.
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 experts.
Dominic Bradbury is a design writer who contributes to numerous publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, House & Garden, Elle Decoration and Dwell.
Also by Dominic Bradbury:
The Iconic House: Architectural Masterworks Since 1900
The Iconic Interior: 1900 to the Present
Interior Design Close Up
New Brazilian House
Mountain Modern: Contemporary Homes in High Places