6 Books About Mid-Century Modern Architecture That You Need To Have

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There are many Mid-century Modern architecture books and sometimes is difficult to find the right one for you, even after reading tens of reviews. At Mid-Century Home, we read many of them and so we decided to select the six that cover the basics about photography, architecture and even interior decoration, to some extent.

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1. Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered. Taschen

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Julius Shulman was the pre-eminent photographer of Modernism. All the most important architects of the mid-century era, most notably Richard Neutra, worked with him to have their buildings photographed. Shulman’s photographs immortalized the beauty of modernist buildings – allowing us to admire them today as they originally appeared.

2. Between Earth and Heaven. The architecture of John Lautner – Rizzoli

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Balthazar Korab was one of the most prolific architecture photographers of the mid-century era. His images offer an unmistakable point of view of the subjects he shot. This book includes a selection of more than 100 photographs from Korab’s career, including Saarinen’s TWA Terminal and the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana.

3. Case Study Houses. The Complete CSH Program. Taschen

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The Case Study Houses Program – promoted by the magazine Arts and Architecture in 1945 – was arguable the most important contribution to the architecture of the mid-century era. Building affordable and modern houses to satisfy the post-war boom was the main objective for the architects that designed the 36 houses for the program.
This book is a great starting point for people that want to know more about the Case Study Houses program and the fundamental role it played in 20th century architecture.

4. Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered. Taschen

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The 3-volume XL version of the famous Modernism Rediscovered.

Three fantastic books with breathtaking images. A must-have book for everyone that wants to appreciate every detail of the iconic Modernist buildings shot by Julius Shulman across the mid-century era.

5. Neutra. Complete Works. Taschen

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Richard Neutra was born in Vienna in 1892 with a career that spanned across five decades. He was one of the most important architects of the 20th century and amongst the most influential within the Modernist movement.

This volume is the most complete compendium of his career. Almost 300 of his works, from private homes to schools and public buildings, are showcased by eminent photographers – including Julius Shulman, Neutra’s favourite photographer.

6. Frank Lloyd Wright. The Houses

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Last, but definitely not least, a volume about Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses.
Lloyd Wright was undoubtedly the father of the Modernist architecture movement. His private houses and buildings not only defined a new architectural style but also a way of living in the house that was based on the needs of its inhabitants. He was an inspiration and master for generations of architects that defined what we call Modernism today.