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Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design Details (Conran Octopus Interiors) Hardcover – July 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Conran Octopus Interiors
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840914068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840914061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bradley Quinn FRSA is an author and curator based in London, where he has presented the work of leading artists and designers in exhibitions based on his books. Bradley is also the author of Chinese Style and Scandinavian Style published by Conran Octopus, and Techno Fashion and The Fashion of Architecture published by Berg Publishers. A journalism graduate, Bradley also completed a master's degree in History of Art at the University of London, and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.


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BRADLEY QUINN is a British author and journalist with expertise in fashion, architecture, textiles and design. His books include Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, Chinese Style, Scandinavian Style, Mid-century Modern, Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge, Textile Futures and UltraMaterials. Three of his books (The Fashion of Architecture, Designed in Sweden and Mid-century Modern) became exhibitions that toured internationally. Bradley Quinn was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2003, and lectures at institutions and events throughout the world today.

Customer Reviews

Very informative, easy to read .
JB
I'm assuming that the majority of people interested in this book are admirers of 1950s decor and would like to incorporate elements of this into their homes.
mojo_navigator
The photographs are beautiful and the text is informative.
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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful By mojo_navigator on October 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Could someone possibly put together a better tome on Mid-Century Modern interiors than this exquisite piece by Bradley Quinn? They'd have one helluva tough time trying.

This book is fairly short and slim, yet every single page and photograph has relevance. Each photograph is of some aspect of a home interior and is absolutely fantastic. Not a single wasted shot. I'm assuming that the majority of people interested in this book are admirers of 1950s decor and would like to incorporate elements of this into their homes. What is so wonderful about this book is that the pictures themselves are of contemporary homes that have been decorated in that Mid-Century style, resulting in achieving that look without appearing dated - certainly the effect that I'm striving for! You want elegant beige lounges or loud primary colored kitchens? It's all here. And you just gotta dig the living room on p.42! Wow - have red and yellow ever been used to such devastating effect in such circumstances? And this is just one example of many.

Although it's doubtful that people buy books like these for their text, I think in this case, they'll be glad they did. Quinn discusses at great length the various components that made up the Modern style, providing tremendously useful ideas for home decor. He doesn't get into tedious sociological analysis like so many of these type of books do. Instead, he goes straight to the interesting stuff - how mid-century modern arose within the history of design, the components of the architecture and the lifestyles of the homeowners back then. Each chapter is broken down into a different aspect of decor - color, materials, lighting etc. Why can't all interior design books be arranged in this way?

I can absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for '50s ideas for their home. I doubt I'd ever need to buy another book on this topic. Unless Quinn sticks in more pictures for a second edition.
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95 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Martin A on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What I liked about this book: It is well organised and it has lots of well-chosen, well composed, colorful and clearly printed photographs..

If you want inspiration and ideas, the excellent photographs will give you what you are looking for. Only one picture contains a human figure - the others let you concentrate on the design and the furnishings, with no distracting sign of any occupants.

Where the book falls down....

I found the writing is very heavy going.

On the dustwrapper, it mentions "Bradley also completed a master's degree in History of Art at the University of London".

It seemed to me that the book reads like a master's degree dissertation in which the writer's aim is to show his professor that he has thoroughly mastered the subject - rather than a book aiming to inform and entertain a general reader interested in the subject.

I'd read a paragraph and think "that sounds impressive - but what does it mean?" Then I'd read it again more carefully. At a third reading, I'd give up, not knowing whether it meant something profound or whether it was impressive-sounding but essentially meaningless.

A typical paragraph:

"The new styles of furniture took centre stage with the distinctive shapes that continue to typify the look today. While mid-century furniture is often recognisable by its balance of form and function, its impact resulted from its ability to convey the dynamics of lived experience in static form. Mid-century designers regarded furniture as tactile art intended to cradle the human form.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Nielsen Graham on August 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was greatly disappointed by the lack of specifics included in this book. Many of the photos are provided as examples of popular mid-century styles and influences but do not include the designers who created them. If you're looking for decorating ideas, this book may provide inspiration. But for anyone already interested in mid-century modern design, this book comes up a bit short. It might teach you how to talk about mid-century design elements, but it doesn't go any deeper than how cool design from this period looks. I bought this book as I have a few mid-century modern pieces and I thought it would be nice to have a reference and examples from various mid-century designers... but it did not deliver.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By 30-Something in LA on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with spectacular color photos of mid-century modern home interiors. Lots of ideas here for color schemes, furniture layout and incorporating mid-century aspects into any room of your home.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Silver on August 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely stunning book & a must for any mid ce
ntury enthusiast. Fabulous photographs & narration.
Very inspiring.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Sævinsd on May 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book, I see something new each time I flip through it. It may not be the perfect encyclopedia for specialists, but for people like me who just love beautiful things, it is great fun to have and contains a lot of interesting facts about mid-century design.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Orlando on December 12, 2009
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Text was light on advice to recreate this look, unless you want to actually go out and buy original pieces. Which I'm sure would be nice, but if you want to spice up your average home with some mid-century joy, this book didn't help much.
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