'contemporary': Architecture and interiors of the 1950s

'contemporary': Architecture and interiors of the 1950s

By: Lesley Jackson (author)Paperback

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This book is the first to explore fully the so-called 'contemporary' style that dominated architecture and design from the late 1940s to the end of the 1950s. It was an era of optimism and confidence, where new ideas in architecture and design flourished alongside the emergent consumer culture. Emanating mainly from the USA, the 'contemporary' style was fresh and liberating, manifesting itself in the picture window and the open plan, in new forms of furniture from Scandinavia and stylish light fittings from Italy, and most tellingly in the contemporary kitchen with its fitted units and mod-con appliances. This book examines the fresh and liberated design ideas of this buoyant era with an acute eye and open mind.

About Author

Lesley Jackson is a freelance writer and curator specializing in twentieth-century design. She is the author of The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution, also published by Phaidon.


The birth of the "contemporary" style; the house; the interior; decoration and fittings; furniture and furnishings; society goes "contemporary".

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780714837574
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780714837574
  • ISBN10: 0714837571

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