Very rare first edition of the most important manifesto of Swedish Functionalism. The manifesto was written in connection with, and published shortly after, the 1930 Stockholm Exhibition. The exhibition, which was directed in part by Asplund and featured contributions by each of the authors, offered a variety of structures representative…
Nele Dechmann, Nicola Ruffo & Agnieszka Sosnowska (cur.):. “Learning from Warsaw: 20 Lessons”. Warsaw Castle, Kodoji Press, 2013. Large oversized in stiff wraps as issued. 96 pages; in English. Some surface marks to back cover, else clean and crisp; no internal marks First edition. “The city of Warsaw is interesting…
A New Nature, subtitled “9 Architectural Conditions Between Liquid and Solid”. Copenhagen: Arkitektens Forlag, 2015. Large 4to in publishers original stiff wrappers. 600 pages, 574 images, Text in English.
Light shelfwear else an unread clean copy
When American architects, designers, and cultural institutions converted wartime strategies to new ends, the aggressive promotion of postwar domestic bliss became another kind of weapon: In the years immediately following World War II, America embraced modern architecture—not as something imported from Europe, but as an entirely new mode of operation, with original and captivating designs made in the USA. In Domesticity at War, Beatriz Colomina shows how postwar American architecture adapted the techniques and materials that were developed for military applications to domestic use. Just as manufacturers were turning wartime industry to peacetime productivity—going from missiles to washing machines—American architects and cultural institutions were, in Buckminster Fuller’s words, turning “weaponry into livingry.”This new form of domesticity itself turned out to be a powerful weapon. Images of American domestic bliss—suburban homes, manicured lawns, kitchen accessories—went around the world as an effective propaganda campaign. Cold War anxieties were masked by endlessly repeated images of a picture-perfect domestic environment. Even the popular conception of the architect became domesticated, changing from that of an austere modernist to a plaid-shirt wearing homebody. Colomina examines, with interlocking case studies and an army of images, the embattled and obsessive domesticity of postwar America. She reports on, among other things, MOMA’s exhibition of a Dymaxion Deployment Unit (DDU), a corrugated steel house suitable for use as a bomb shelter, barracks, or housing; Charles and Ray Eames’s vigorous domestic life and their idea of architecture as a flexible stage for the theatrical spectacle of everyday life; and the American lawn as patriotic site and inalienable right.Domesticity at War itself has a distinctive architecture. Housed within the case are two units: one book of text, and one book of illustrations—most of them in color, including advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, and many architectural photographs
Bernard Rudofsky (Austrian-American, 1905–1988), architect, curator, critic, exhibition designer, and fashion designer whose entire oeuvre was influenced by his lifelong interest in concepts about the body and the use of our senses. Best known for his controversial exhibitions and accompanying catalogs, including Are Clothes Modern? and Architecture without Architects. He was also famous for his mid-20th-century Bernardo sandal designs
London: The Architectural Association (AA), 1990, Small 8vo in black flexible boards with silver lettering. 108 pages, illustrated with b/w plates. Handwritten name of Danish architect to free front endpaper, else clean and overall a fine, well preserved copy First edition, 1st printing