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Monographs or surveys on architectural movements and architects from the post WW I era (1918) to the present.

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Ford, James & Katherine Morrow Ford, Design of Modern Interiors, New York, Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1942, 6th printing, 1947, 4to (11" x 8.75"), HB, wine-red cloth boards w/ white titles in pictorial blue,black & white DJ, NF/ VG. DJ has some vertical rubbing & sm. scars, some edge chipping, 3/4.

130 pp. Brief introductory text on contemporary design, organizing space in the home, furniture, and color, followed by an illustrated presentation of interiors and furniture. Illustrated throughout with b/w photographs (many by Ezra Stoller, Richard Garrison et al.), plans and diagrams with analytical captions. Includes several examples from the Museum Of Modern Art’s exhibit, "Organic Design", in addition to other furnishings by noted designers (listed in index below).

Contemporary Trends: Statements by Architects and Designers, index. Work(s) by the following are included: Alvar Aalto, Richard Bennett, Walter Bogner, George Brewster, John Ekin Dinwiddie, A. E. Doyle & Associates, Philip Goodwin, Walter Gropius, Michael Hare, Philip Johnson , Carl Koch, Samuel Marx, Mayer & Whittlessey, Richard Neutra, Ernst Payer, Constantin Pertzoff, Antonin Raymond, Gilbert Rohde, Raphael Soriano, Richard Stein, Lester Tichy, Russel Wright et al.

From the jacket:
"The first comprehensive survey of recent American interior design, exclusively in terms of modern architecture and related arts. Interiors of 106 houses and apartments, located in 70 towns and cities, in 18 states are portrayed in 324 illustrations. Examples from the work of 124 architects and designers are grouped for convenient study under...headings...Statements by the architects and designers whose work is represented explain the choice of materials, colors ,and designs. That text analyzes the advances in modern design, up to now-shows how advances can be applied to defense housing-points out how progress will go on from today's peak, when normal building can be resumed. Illustrations and text combine to portray the best in contemporary principles and practices in designing the home interior for all home activities and above all-for gracious modern living. The publication of the first book in the present series, "The Modern house in America" proved...that interest in good American Modern design was growing rapidly in this country and abroad. So work was immediately started on this the second book in the series. Since there is now so much more completed American Modern work from which to select, the authors hope that this book will find a correspondingly enlarged audience. "Design of Modern Interiors" captures the peak moment of pre-war modern American design. It is certain to be equally valuable in designing war housing and in resuming progress during the post-war period."

Contents:

•  Preface
•  Modern Design in Periods of War and Transition
•  The Essence of Contemporary Design
•  Organization of Space Within the Home
•  Basis of Judging Adequacy of Space: Circulation & Privacy; Comfort, Safety and General Convenience; Placement and Use of Furniture: Storage
•  Contemporary Furniture Design
•  Color

•  Illustrated Presentation of Interiors and Furniture:
Spatial Relationship of Rooms
Connecting Spaces: Staircases, Entrance Halls, Galleries
Living Spaces: Living Rooms; Living-Dining Rooms; Dining Rooms
Service Spaces: Dining-Kitchens
Sleeping Spaces: Bedrooms; Children's Rooms; Dressing Rooms
Special Activity Spaces: Libraries and Studies; Playrooms; Bars; Music Rooms
Outdoor Living and Play Spaces; Terraces; Porches; Sundecks; Swimming Pools; Patios; Garden Courts; Solariums
Details: Fireplaces; Folding Walls and Partitions; Built-in Details

•  Index of Architects/Designers:

Alvar Aalto • Max Abramovitz • Gregory Ain • Joseph Albers • Artek • Arundell Clarke,Ltd. • Benjamin Baldwin • Edmund Bacon • P. Belluschi & Richard Bennett • Walter Bogner • Marcel Breuer • George Brewster • John Callender • Alice Morgan Carson • Grosvenor Chapman • Virginia Conner • Dan Cooper • Mario Corbett • Martin Craig • Florence Crocker • Gardner Dailey • Robert Davison • Kenneth Day• Geraldine and William Deknatel • Donald Deskey • Roscoe DeWitt • John Dinwiddie • Design,Inc • Paul Doering • A. E. Doyle & Associates • Charles Eames • Garrett Eckbo • Livingstone Elder • N. L. Flint • Allman Fordyce • J. A. Fouilhoux • Paul Frankl • Samuel Glaser • Philip Goodwin • Walter Gropius • William Haines • Michael Hare • Harwell Hamilton Harris • W. K. Harrison • Ann Hatfield • Albert Hill • Claude Hooten • Caleb Hornbostel • George Howe • Burnham Hoyt • Huson Jackson • Leo Jiranek • Philip Johnson • Philip Joseph • Kenneth Kassler • Alfred Kastner • George Keck • Walter Kilham • Carl Koch • Hans Knoll • George Kosmak • Paul Laszlo • William Lascaze • Dorothy Liebes • John Lincoln • Lurcat • John Manxer • Samuel Marx • Bruno Mathsson • Albert Mayer • Marguerita Mergantime • Mies van der Rohe • James Mills • Richard Morse • William Muschenheim • Richard Neutra • Isamu Noguchi • Tommi Parzinger • Ernst Payer • G. Holmes Perkins • Constantin Perkins • Peter Pfisterer • Sarah Pillsbury • Pola Stout Fabrics • Powers,Ltd. • William Priestley • L. L. Rado • Antonin Raymond • Joseph Richardson • Diedrich Rixmann • T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings • John Rogers • Gilbert Rohde • Rena Rosenthal • Jan Ruhtenberg • Alfred Rummler • Eleil and Eero Saarinen • Morris Sanders • C. W. Schonne • Raphael Soriano • Richard Stein • Edward Durell Stone • Oscar Stonorov • Marianne Strengell • J. Robert F. and Pipsan-Saarinen Swanson • Lester Tichy • Stanley Vallett • Ides van der Gracht • John Vassos • Louisa Vaughan • Kurt Versen • Willo von Moltke • Walter Von Nessen • V'Soske • G. H. Washburn • Harry Weese • Julius Whittlesey • Otto Winkler • Russel Wright • William Weston Wurster • John Yeon • Alec Yuill-Thornton.

•  Index of Houses and Apartments

•  Index of Localities: Especially, California, Massachusetts, New York City and suburbs, in addition to New Hope, Lambertville, Princeton and several other locations across the US.

A recommended classic reference on post-war interior design.

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