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Modern Originals : At Home with MidCentury European Designers

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This gorgeously photographed volume features the under-published private spaces of both the icons and unknown vanguards of European mid-century architecture and design. In keeping with the functional beauty of mid-century design, Handcrafted Modern: Europe presents the innovative homes by some of the most compelling and influential European mid-century designers, including Le Corbusier, Robin and Lucienne Day, and Gae Aulenti, to name a few. This highly anticipated follow-up to Handcrafted Modern hosts gorgeously revealing photographs of important and influential men and women in the European midcentury design canon. Williamson has gained exclusive access to homes that are often closed to the public, and this intimacy is reflected in her incredibly detailed photographs. Featuring thirteen subjects, each chapter dedicated to a single home where the interiors are intact as they were lived in by their designers.
Examples include: exclusive photographs of drawings and works from inside the files at Studio Achille Castiglioni in Milan; the Helsinki home of Aino and Alvar Aalto with signs of Functionalism still preserved; Finn Juhl's Scandinavian farmhouse with warm woods with bursts of primary colors; and Carlo Mollino's eccentric Italian lair filled with his sensual shaped designs. This rare glimpse into the personal spaces is equal parts captivating and inspiring.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 213 x 263 x 26.67mm | 1,301.81g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 200 color photographs
  • 0847842231
  • 9780847842230
  • 92,597

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"Her portraits of the designers homes are warm, individual and rich with detail." -New York Times Magazine

"Wouldn t it be great if we could knock on people s doors and prowl through their homes for inspiration? Well, this collection of intimate interior shots from iconic and unknown designers might be the next best thing. It brilliantly captures how simple, sleek designs can create beautiful spaces -- a nice reminder for those who love to embellish." -MarthaStewart.com

"Photographer Leslie Williamson s first book, Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers, pretty much has a permanent place on most of our staffer s coffee tables, so naturally we were dying to get a look at her recently released follow-up, Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers. This new book features the homes and studios of thirteen of Europe s most-celebrated and iconic designers, including Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto. Whether you re mad for midcentury or not, the masterfully composed and beautifully chronicled spaces are sure to get your decorating juices flowing." -One Kings Lane

Modern Originals offers an intimate look at the homes and studios of some of Europe s best known designers New York Times Arena 
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Her portraits of the designers' homes are warm, individual and rich with detail. -New York Times Magazine Wouldn't it be great if we could knock on people's doors and prowl through their homes for inspiration? Well, this collection of intimate interior shots from iconic and unknown designers might be the next best thing. It brilliantly captures how simple, sleek designs can create beautiful spaces -- a nice reminder for those who love to embellish. -MarthaStewart.com Photographer Leslie Williamson's first book, Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers, pretty much has a permanent place on most of our staffer's coffee tables, so naturally we were dying to get a look at her recently released follow-up, Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers. This new book features the homes and studios of thirteen of Europe's most-celebrated and iconic designers, including Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto. Whether you're mad for midcentury or not, the masterfully composed and beautifully chronicled spaces are sure to get your decorating juices flowing. -One Kings Lane "...Modern Originals offers an intimate look at the homes and studios of some of Europe's best known designers..." -New York Times Arena
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About Leslie Williamson

Leslie Williamson pursues both fine art and commercial photography, garnering numerous accolades, including being a Surface magazine Avant Guardian and featured in Communication Arts magazine. In addition, her work has appeared in Dwell, Surface, and Travel + Leisure magazines, among other publications. She is the author and photographer of Rizzoli's Handcrafted Modern.
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