Thursday, October 23, 2008

Forgotten Modern: California Houses 1940-1970

Forgotten Modern reveals the work of the innovative architects building homes in California from 1940 to the 1970s. With innovative examples of what now exemplifies typical California architecture, the author, Alan Hess, and photographer, Alan Weintraub, focus on examples of early mid-century modern, variations on minimalism, and organic architecture.

Some of the architects included in the book are Jack Hilmer, William Krisel, Beverly David Thorne, A.E. Morris, Fred and Lois Langhorst, and Charles Warren Callister. Though these names may not be recognizable to most, the images of the homes they designed will certainly be reminiscent and have a certain familiarity.

The furniture and design details that furnish the homes will certainly elicit fond memories and also serve as a reminder of their influence on later designs. This concept is explored in the author’s conclusion.

A fairly easy to read non-fiction book and a great source of images to muse over! Books on domestic architecture in California are a great source for design ideas in your own home, and there are many more in the library’s collection.

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