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The Modern House U.S.A.; Its Design and Decoration

Introducing “The Modern House” by Kate Ellen Rogers. A solid, hardcover edition including some cover soiling, edge bumps and light underlining through the first half. The musty smell also adds to its antique feel and I sincerely hope readers will not be turned off by it instead! Its measurements are 7X10" and all 292 pages are fully packed with deep insight into mid-century modern homes constructed in the 50s and 60s.

Rogers has done an in-depth analysis on the various design considerations that went into the construction. She’s also elaborated on the mid-century design elements that were used in these homes and how they were greatly influenced by family members and its aging in future years. Also included is a chapter dedicated to materials, technology and construction techniques, helpful to both students of architectural history and anyone renovating such homes.

The book was first published in 1962 and contains amazing black and white photography, featuring the interiors and exteriors, furnishings, and gardens of mid-century modern homes. This provides a detailed look at the home’s design and decoration and its progression through the ages to a more modern design. These photos have been taken by Julius Shulman, Morley Baer, Ezra Stoller and others.

The book features designs by Charles Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Florence knoll, Edward Wormley, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and many more! The contents are as follows: Editors Intro, Preface, Family and House in the 20th century, Housing Needs, Design of the house materials, Methods of building, the Plan, Plastic elements, Practical factors of the house, Living room, Dining room , Kitchen , Bedroom, Bathroom, Garden, the Furnishings, Good design, Furniture, Fabrics , Accessories, Biblio, and Index. The book is truly a wonderful resource to have!

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The Modern House U.S.A.; Its Design and Decoration