- Series: Jumbo
- Hardcover: 440 pages
- Publisher: TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (February 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3822864129
- ISBN-13: 978-3822864128
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.6 x 18 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,902,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Case Study Houses (Jumbo) Hardcover – Illustrated, February, 2002
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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
Perhaps what's most fun here is the flavor of the period captured by the photographs. -- Newsweek.com, 3/9/02
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For anyone remotely interested in mid-century architecture or everyone who wishes to experience what life was like over fifty years ago, this book is for you. You won't be disappointed in this fabulous book. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a comfy chair, and prepare to spend the better part of an afternoon reading a few of the Case Study Houses showcased in this worthy book.
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.
The text is well written, informative and easy to comprehend. It describes, in detail, the development of these ultra modern homes located in the Los Angeles area of California which mostly use metal, concrete and glass. All of the materials were derived from various industrial usages and were considered new in the home building area, and innovative to say the least.
Combined with the text and the extraordinary photographs, this book is destined to become a collector's item in the future and well worth the investment.
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The plastic cover of the book is partially damaged and the hardcover has bumps along the...Read more