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The Bauhaus Ideal Then and Now: An Illustrated Guide to Modern Design
The Bauhaus Ideal is an enormously readable history of modernist design, enhanced by the author's black-and-white drawings which both illustrate and elucidate the text. It is a book meant for the lay reader.
Hardcover, 140 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Chicago Review Press
(first published July 15th 2004)
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A short, provocative and fascinating book. I was particularly drawn to the theorization of functionalism. The relationship between form and function was powerfully drawn in this book. There was also some powerful theorization of modernism and postmodernism. While postmodernity was theorized in a superficial way, modernism and modernity is configured and discussed in an intricate and dynamic fashion. A fine book that provides the opportunity for further debate and discussion.