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Case Study Houses Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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The first thing you notice about Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program, 1945-1966 is its size: it's big. Contained within its 16-inch frame is the history of Arts & Architecture magazine's famed program created to inspire the building of low-cost modern homes in America. The brainchild of magazine editor John Entenza, the program drew well-known architects including Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Richard Neutra. Throughout the book are spectacular photographs of modernist glass- and patio-filled homes. Most of the homes were built in the Los Angeles area and make wonderful use of the surrounding scenery. A 17-foot-tall front door opens up onto a canal; streamlined Herman Miller furniture fills out a living room that overlooks a breathtaking panorama. While not all the projects were built, each received a detailed spread in the magazine, including drawings and models. Some of the architectural drawings are lovely, drawn with the movement and fluidity of a master. Included are short biographies of each architect, a provocative epilogue by photographer Julius Shulman, and the reprinted original magazine pages that announce the birth of the Case Study idea. This book is a true gem, and considering its size it's the Hope diamond. --J.P. Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Perhaps what's most fun here is the flavor of the period captured by the photographs. -- Newsweek.com, 3/9/02 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I find myself, returning to specific houses instead of attempting to read or look at it as a typical coffee table book. In this manner, the book becomes even more fascinating - it's wonderful reference material to a different time and place.
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The plastic cover of the book is partially damaged and the hardcover has bumps along the...Read more