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The Secret Life of the Modern House: The Evolution of the Way We Live Now

Dominic Bradbury

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A ground-breaking and engaging explanation of the evolution of the homes we live in today - told through the stories of 90 iconic houses and the designers and architects who created them.

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'Informative and entertaining, this publication is a feast for the eyes, while also thought provoking, and offers excellent inspiration for daydreaming about what makes the perfect, modern house.' Wallpaper


Over the last century the way that we live at home has changed dramatically. Nothing short of a design revolution has transformed our houses and the spaces within them - moving from traditional patterns of living all the way through to an era of more fluid, open-plan and modern styles. Whether we live in a new home or a period house, our spaces will have been shaped one way or another by the pioneering Modernists and Mid-century architects and designers who argued for a fresh way of life.

Architectural and design writer Dominic Bradbury charts the course of this voyage all the way from the late 19th century through to the houses of today in this ground-breaking book. Over nineteen thematic chapters, he explains the way our houses have been reinvented, while taking in - along the way - the giants of Art Deco, influential Modernists including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as post-war innovators such as Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson. Taking us from the 20th to the 21st century, Bradbury explores the progress of 'modernity' itself and reveals the secret history of our very own homes.

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Dominic Bradbury

Dominic Bradbury is a writer and freelance journalist specializing in architecture and design. He has written over 20 books, including Mid-Century Modern Complete, The Iconic House, and The Iconic Interior. As a journalist he contributes to magazines and newspapers in the UK, US, Australia, and internationally, including The Financial Times, The Times, Telegraph, House & Garden, World of Interiors, Wallpaper, and Vogue Living.

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