The powerful aesthetic and philosophical framework that modernism ushered in during the early part of the 20th century revolutionized the built world, transformed our living spaces and lifestyles, and fundamentally changed the way we think about design. As they experimented with new forms, materials and techniques, modernist designers rejected historical precedents to prioritize function over history and tradition.
This ambitious survey brings together all facets and all scales of design in a comprehensive volume that presents the vast breadth of both towering and lesserknown figures, revealing unexpected connections and new insights. Through sections on furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, industrial and product design, graphic design and posters, architecture and interiors, and through profiles of nearly a hundred influential creators, including iconic figures, such as Bruno Mathsson, Charlotte Perriand and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Eliel Saarinen and Walter Gropius, the book's scope is unprecedented.
Complete with specially commissioned essays by established academics and subject specialists, and with nearly 650 illustrations, the majority in colour, this book is set to become the definitive reference for a generation, equally indispensible for the designer's studio, the library shelves or the collector's desk.
About the Author
Dominic Bradbury is a freelance journalist, writer, lecturer and consultant who contributes to many newspapers and magazines in the UK, the US and beyond, including Architectural Digest, Dwell, Wallpaper, The Times, The Financial Times and The Telegraph. His many books include Mid-Century Modern Complete, The Iconic Interior, Making House: Designers at Home, Waterside Modern and Mountain Modern.
Fall 2018 sees the publication by Yale of Essential Modernism: Design Between the World Wars (published in the UK as Modernist Design Complete) as well as a new and updated edition of The Iconic House published by Thames & Hudson. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and family.