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Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain Paperback – September 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944050
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,238,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Innovative, hugely informative and bursting with life, this is a must-have book for any fan of the Modern Movement.

About the Author

Alan Powers, one of the UK's leading architectural historians, has published widely on all aspects of twentieth-century architecture and design. He teaches at the University of Greenwich, London. Morley von Sternberg is recognized as one of today's leading architectural photographers. His other books include Berthold Lubetkin (Merrell, 2002).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on October 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What really made this book sparkle for me were the wonderful contemporary photos of the houses by Morley von Sternberg. The (mostly) dazzling white of so many of these properties set against greenery and a blue sky makes them look quite remarkable.

Throughout the book the up-to-date photos seamlessly blend in with period images, floor plans and Alan Powers excellent text. His introduction is a concise overview of 1930 to 1940 Modernism in Britain and then the bulk of the book is a comprehensive listing of the architects who designed these fascinating buildings. The majority are homes with commercial and public buildings making up the total. Each architect, or practice, has some general text then long captions to each of their buildings. Nicely some one had the bright idea of putting all the historic reference notes about each house with the relevant architect so no flipping backwards and forwards to back pages.

Not every existing Modern building in Britain is covered but surely the relevant ones are included here. Buildings no longer standing get a mention like Pleydell-Bouverie's wing shaped Ramsgate aerodrome or Emberton's Blackpool Fun House. Another book The Modern House Today has much photo duplication with Powers book but has some other homes displayed with the same dazzling photography.

'Modern' is well printed (175dpi) and beautifully designed by Karen Wilks and with Alan Powers fine text the short-lived Modern movement in Britain gets a reference book it deserves.

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The structures featured in this book are upbeat and beautiful. The photography is very good. There are structures all throughout that I liked: the Boot's operations, the Cornwall properties and more. It is a book that lifts my spirits.
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