This collection includes:
Ornament Is Crime is a celebration and a thought-provoking reappraisal of modernist architecture. The book proposes that modernism need no longer be confined by traditional definitions, and can be seen in both the iconic works of the modernist canon by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, as well as in the work of some of the best contemporary architects of the twenty-first century. This book is a visual manifesto and a celebration of the most important architectural movement in modern history.
This Brutal World is a global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. It brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world.
It includes works by some of the best contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield as well as by some of the master architects of the 20th century including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.Specifications:
Ornament is Crime:
Matt Gibberd is a Founding Director of The Modern House, a London-based property company selling Britain’s finest design-led housing. Matt has an MA in History & Art History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a family of architects, and is the grandson of the celebrated Modern Movement architect Sir Frederick Gibberd. Matt has overseen the sale of some of the capital’s most iconic property, including buildings designed by John Pawson, David Adjaye and Maxwell Fry. Formerly a Senior Editor at The World of Interiors magazine, he has written on architecture, art and design for The Telegraph, GQ Style and Acne Paper, and contributed to numerous books.
Albert Hill is a Founding Director of The Modern House, a London-based property company selling Britain’s finest design-led housing. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Art History. Pursuing his passion for the crossover between architecture and commerce, he came up with the idea for The Modern House and founded the company in 2005. Albert has an unrivalled knowledge of the UK’s modern houses. Previously, Albert was the Design Editor at Wallpaper* under founding editor Tyler Brule, and has written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. He has also contributed to a number of books, and has commentated on architecture and property on both TV and radio.
This Brutal World:
Peter Chadwick is a London-based art director and tutor in graphic design and communication at Chelsea College of Arts. Peter's work has been published in over thirty publications worldwide and his work has been exhibited in the UK, Europe and Asia. With over 25 years experience working in the music, fashion, retail and arts sectors, Peter has worked with clients and major recording artists including Primal Scream, Beth Orton, Groove Armada, Defected, Ministry of Sound, Harvey Nichols and Paul Smith. Peter shares his passion for Brutalism and all things concrete and modern via his twitter account (@BrutalHouse) and instagram account (@thisbrutalhouse).
On Ornament is Crime:
"Ornament is Crime journeys between the decades to liberate Modernism from its traditional definitions and proposes its continuing presence in the in the work of 21st century architects... [With] elegant spreads and striking examples... An intriguing manifesto... The use of quotes from cultural figures as diverse as Leonard Cohen and Kazimir Malevich here reframes Modernism as a timeless dialogue."—Aesthetica
On This Brutal World:
"Gorgeous new book preaches the gospel of Brutalist architecture."—Wired.com
"[Chadwick] has an eye for the stark abstract purity of the best brutalism (and its silent but essential ally, great black and white photography)." —Wallpaper.com