Have you ever wondered what your favorite mid century modern designers’ personal living spaces look like? I have – I often daydream about visiting these mid century modern designers’ homes and having some tea or being a child of theirs and growing up in it (how cool is that!). I am curious to see how they decorated their own spaces, what kind of books they read, what kind of knick-knacks they had on their shelves, etc… A San Francisco based photographer Leslie Williamson thought the same, but she didn’t stop there. She actually set out to photograph the homes of 14 mid century modern designers and architects.
In Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers (Rizzoli New York, 2010), Leslie Williamson shares the beautiful images of the very intimate personal and work spaces of: Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Harry Bartoia, Russel Wright, Jens Risom, Eva Zeisel, Vladimir Kagan, Irving Harper, Walter Gropius, Jerome & Evelyn Ackerman, Charles & Ray Eames, J.B. Blunk, John Kapel, and Albert Frey. Many of these homes appear in print for the first time.
Williamson successfully captured 250 intimate photographs of these designers’ homes exactly as they were lived in. If you are not familiar with some of these designers, don’t worry. Williamson has included a brief introduction and other tidbits of each designer before showcasing the photographs. Her photographs have a warm, natural feeling to them – they make me feel as if I was actually standing in the same space. I know a little bit about photography – I am very impressed that she captured all these astonishing images using only natural lights.
HANDCRAFTED MODERN: At Home with Mid-Century Designers will be a great addition to your mid century modern library. You will NOT be disappointed!
Photo Courtesy: © Leslie Williamson 2010
All photos are used with permission from the publisher
Title: HANDCRAFTED MODERN: At Home with Mid-Century Designers
Author: Leslie Williamson
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (October 12, 2010)