Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter

Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter

Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius ➪ Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius Read ➲ Author Nikolaus Pevsner – One of the most widely read books on modern design Nikolaus Pevsner’s landmark work today remains as stimulating as it was when first published in 1936 This expanded edition of Pioneers of Modern De One of the most widely read Modern Design: PDF/EPUB ¶ books on modern design Nikolaus Pevsner’s Pioneers of PDF/EPUB or landmark work today remains as stimulating as it was when first published in of Modern Design: Kindle Ó This expanded edition of Pioneers of Modern Design provides Pevsner’s original text of Modern Design: From William Kindle - along with significant new and updated information enhancing Pevsner’s illuminating account of the roots of Modernism The book now offers many beautiful color illustrations; biographies and bibliographies of all major figures; illustrated short essays on key themes movements and individuals; a critiue of Pevsner’s analysis from today’s perspective; examples of works after where the original study ended; a biography detailing Pevsner’s life and achievements; and much Pevsner saw Modernism as a synthesis of three main sources William Morris and his followers the work of nineteenth century engineers and Art Nouveau The author considers the role of these sources in the work of early Modernists and looks at such masters of the movement as CFA Voysey and Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Britain Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in America and Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner in Vienna The account concludes with a discussion of the radical break with the past represented by the design work of Walter Gropius and his future Bauhaus colleagues.

10 thoughts on “Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius

  1. Bertrand Bertrand says:

    Pevsner’s book is remarkable it is short enough and well illustrated which should make it an easy and accessible read for both the profane eager to find that the modern style did not appear despite its claims through divine revelation but out of a tumultuous historical process and to those familiar with the subject as Pevsner wide ranging knowledge of European and American architecture will have most likely something to teach them To this day few writers endeavour to cover both aspects of modernism that is the technical one and the much popular ‘cultural’ one Pevsner adresses both with a certain brio and unsurprisingly given its early publication with fairly little secondary sources He seems just as much at ease with the tracing of concrete and metal use in architecture back to the eighteenth century as he is taking his reader from Arts Crafts to Modernism via Art Nouveau synthesizing convincingly many aspects and influences and especially emphasizing those liminal styles like Secession or the work of Hodler which exhibit what others might have deemed incompatibilities form and content The one thing that could be found lacking is a in depth look at the politics involved in the battle between historicism and modern style and in particular on the peculiar ‘neither left nor right’ position of art nouveau Then again surely the context might easily be blamed for Pevsner not lingering on such sensitive uestionsLast but not least any lover of modernism will be delighted to read such a history written by a militantly unapologetic “defender of the faith” Writing in the thirties at a time where he could still claim with a straight face a status of pioneer for his historical endeavour the author radiates a candid confidence in the principles of modernist design in the ‘style of today’ as he likes to call it Yet already betraying the nostalgia and conservatism inherent in the grasp of modernism as coherent whole he feels the need to scold the late comers such as Le Corbusier or Niemeyer for their deviant indulgent expressionism His judgements and evaluations of schools and individuals are virtually reducible to one single scale how close did their work brought design history to its final rational and angular apotheosis He concludes “Architects as well as clients must know that today’s reality exactly as that of 1914 can finds its complete expression only in the style created by the giants of that by now distant past” In other words this book is both a landmark for the writing of its history and for modernism itself

  2. Nico Macdonald Nico Macdonald says:

    Exhibited as an influence in Terence Conran The Way We Live Now

  3. Mary Ellen Mary Ellen says:

    I've recently gained a new level of appreciation for William Morris and found a reference to this book in a bibliography What a great find This is considered a classic work and in the 2005 addition is complemented by commentary from Richard Weston I am clearly a novice in architecture and art but I could follow the argumentation and learned from the wealth of exemplary photographs and art designs Give it a try if you have a high comfort level with academic writing

  4. Daniel Carrol Daniel Carrol says:

    Interesting look at the perhaps not obvious through line from the Arts Crafts movement to Modernism in the early part of the 20th century sent me searching for info on some of the artists architects and buildings discussed within

  5. Alex Alex says:

    Pevsner elouently ties together architectural artistic social and industrial developments of the mid 19th century to trace a clear map of design movements that culminates in 20th century Modernism

  6. Brian Kovesci Brian Kovesci says:

    Always good to brush up on historical references

  7. Sam Sam says:

    I may be reading this for class but I like it enough to put it on here It's an interesting take on art history not a textbookEdit This is pretty much all you need if you're interested in modern design I don't always necessary agree with him but he has a certain way of putting things that is pretty endearing I wish he was still alive just so I could see what he'd write about postmodernism Actually he'd probably have a heart attack about it

  8. Erin Reilly-Sanders Erin Reilly-Sanders says:

    Another book read for class that I likely would not have chosen I ended up enjoying this one than most The arc of its argument seemed easier to understand than most looking at how the arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau came together with other ideas to create modernism all from an English perspective Additionally the book piued my interest due to the subject matter of two movements that I

  9. Will Will says:

    Two stars is generous for this wordy and poorly illustrated book that has a poor chronology It is annoying when the author talks about items extensively that are not illustrated or with illustrations that lack scope The subject is great I am a big fan of Morris Wright and Klimt to name a few but I will try another text to get a better understanding of what lead up to the modern movementDon't waste your time or money on this one

  10. Jen Jen says:

    I read this before studying in Paris and it was a gorgeous read It certainly opened my eyes to architecture that I would otherwise just walk past I recommend this to students of art history and also to those who are about to travel to Western European cosmopolitan areasRead it with google handy to enhance your experience Look up what you don't understand or recognize Great resource

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