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Book: 'Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses'

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:26 am    Post subject: Book: 'Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses' Reply with quote

Inside the Most Comprehensive Compendium of Midcentury-Modern Architecture Ever


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article’s opening photo is of a 1980’s addition to the site of the house by Mies. The addition is arguably better (spatially/formally interesting) than Mies’ original house.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maison Gauthier by Jean Prouve is a handsome enough house, but unless I have missed something, it doesn't look much like Prouve's work.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DRN wrote:
The article’s opening photo is of a 1980’s addition to the site of the house by Mies. The addition is arguably better (spatially/formally interesting) than Mies’ original house.


“I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.” -Mies

By the time the Greenwald house was built, Mies’ intentions had shifted away from the spatial complexity of the early de Stijl influenced Barcelona Pavilion days.

I’m afraid Mies would have been terribly “unglucklich” with the Gluck addition.

https://www.pidgeondigital.com/talks/i-don-t-want-to-be-interesting-i-want-to-be-good/play/
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maison Gauthier 1962 (larger budget than his own house):

http://www.manuelbougot.com/works/architecture/jean-prouve-maison-gauthier

Le Maison de Jean Prouve’ 1953:

https://youtu.be/FwF5RkiFBUQ
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the Greenwald house only from its appearance in "Moderism [apologies to RG] Reborn" (Michael Webb, Universe Publishing, 2001).

Regretfully, perhaps, the house is here named only for its new owner. The original house is at right. The view is from the same aspect as the one in the online article, but with the sliding glass of the central pavilion closed.










Mies's living room





photography © Roger Strauss III
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peterm



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find it so odd to see Le Corbusier furniture in a Mies space. It’s an intentional negation of an aesthetic. It’s much the same as seeing Mies furniture in a Wright space.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes---but wouldn't you say that, of the three, Wright is the outlier ? That is, Mies and Corbu both employ (black) leather and chromed steel in the pieces we're thinking of, while nothing of the kind has ever belonged in a Wright space of any period . . . ?

At least we have Gluck using early Mies chairs in his new dining room . . .

Tell me about the new master bath: what is made of that stair-step of obscure glass, inside ? I like the rest of that construction---the glazing going around a corner, and right to the floor.

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