Contemporary: Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s


ISBN: 0714831840
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Lesley Jackson
Format: hardback
Year published: 1998
Publisher: Phaidon
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 240
Illustrations: Includes over 160 colour and black & white images

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This Contemporary book is the first to explore fully the so-called ‘contemporary’ style that dominated architecture and design from the late 1940s to the end of the 1950s and includes pieces by Robin & Lucienne Day. It was an era of optimism and confidence, where new ideas in architecture and design flourished alongside the emergent consumer culture.

Emanating mainly from the USA, the ‘contemporary’ style was fresh and liberating, manifesting itself in the picture window and the open plan, 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. This book examines the fresh and liberated design ideas of this buoyant era with an acute eye and open mind.


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