Mid Century Modern

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Mid Century Modern Books

There are countless books on mid century modern design, furniture, architecture, etc. Below is a list of my favorite 10 mid century modern books. I think anyone who is interested in the subject can enjoy these books as well. Chances are you may already own some (or all?) of these books. If you are just getting into the subject and don’t know which books to get, this list may help you get started.

Mid Century Modern Books

This list is by no means complete – if you have a book to suggest, please let everyone know by adding a comment!

Alexander Girard Designs for Herman Miller (Schiffer Design Book)
By Leslie A. Pina

An Eames Primer
By Eames Demetrios

Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes
By Michelle Gringeri-Brown

Case Study Houses (Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editions)
By Elizabeth Smith

Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House
By Daniel P. Greg

Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream
By Paul Adamson

Forgotten Modern: California Houses 1940-1970
By Alan Hess

Julius Shulman: Modernism Rediscovered
By Pierluigi Sorriano (Author) & Julius Shulman (Photographer)

Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design Details (Conran Octopus Interiors)
By Bradley Quinn

Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s
By Cara Greenberg

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  1. R L Isenhouron 26 Sep 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This is a new book of houses by a mid-century architect in Kentucky:
    The Houses of Richard B Isenhour, Mid-Century Modern in Kentucky

    The postwar era was a time of new beginnings, with some designers creating a new look in housing for the modern age. Along with architects across the nation, Kentucky’s Richard B. Isenhour focused on new design goals—simple lines, open living areas, connection to the outdoors, and use of natural materials. Fulfilling these goals resulted in houses that were attractive and livable. Even after a number of years, the distinctive element tying Isenhour’s work together is this atmosphere of a comfortable and relaxing living space. This book details 43 houses designed and built by Richard Isenhour in the Lexington, Kentucky, area from 1956 to 1978. Presented chronologically, the book shows the evolution of one mid-century designer. Current photographs are combined with Richard Isenhour’s original drawings, sketches, and photos. The result is a body of work executed in mid-century, which remains relevant today.

    more info and photo at greenschemedesign.com

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