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'Contemporary': Architecture and Interiors of the
by Lesley Jackson

ISBN: 9780714837574
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 240

This text provides a definition and examination of the so-called "contemporary" style that dominated architecture and design from the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. In those years of increasing promise and prosperity, a fresh and liberating style was hallmarked by open-plan interiors and vibrant fabric design, manifesting itself in the picture window and the open plan; in vibrant fabric design and printed wall coverings; in new forms of furniture from Scandinavia and stylish light fittings from Italy; and most tellingly in the "Contemporary" kitchen with its fitted units and "mod con" appliances. Included is work by Charles Eames, Pierre Koenig, Arne Jacobsen and Lucienne Day. More than a collection of 50s nostalgia, this book provides a survey of trends in taste and interior design at the time of economic regeneration that affected not only people's homes but their communities and public buildings.

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The birth of the "contemporary" style; the house; the interior; decoration and fittings; furniture and furnishings; society goes "contemporary".

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