Handsome catalogue produced to accompany an exhibition on the work of Rudolf Steiner in 1961 at the Goetheanum Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaften (Goetheanum School of Spiritual Science) in Dornach Switzerland, the first cultural centre and artistic home designed by Steiner and built in 1913 for the Anthroposophical Society (founded by Steiner) to house performances of plays, exhibitions, conferences – a house for all of the arts.
Through beautiful photographic reproductions, this little publication presents a glimpse into Steiner’s visionary work across architecture, sculpture, design and painting around the creation of this incredible building, alongside texts in German.
Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (1861 – 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.
In the first, more philosophically oriented phase of this movement, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and spirituality. His philosophical work of these years, which he termed “spiritual science”, sought to apply the clarity of thinking characteristic of Western philosophy to spiritual questions, differentiating this approach from what he considered to be vaguer approaches to mysticism. In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of the Goetheanum, a cultural centre to house all the arts. In the third phase of his work, beginning after World War I, Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, andanthroposophical medicine.
Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual approach. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s world view, in which “Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas. “A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.
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DECORATIVE ART AND MODERN INTERIORS 1979
Volume 68 - "Themes in Nature"
Volume 68 (1979) of Decorative Art and Modern Interiors, one of the finest book series from the great Studio Vista (UK).
Each handsomely designed volume showcases a selection of the finest examples of new architecture, interior design, environmental design, textiles, furniture and product design. Each volume including profiles on highlighted architectural projects that are documented through beautiful colour and b&w photography, desciptive texts, and axonometric, plan and section drawings, plus “Trends in Furnishings and in the Decorative Arts”, which gives fine examples of new design in furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, etc.
Volume 68 (1979) “Theme in Nature” includes: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran; The Azuma Residence in Osaka, Japan; A House in the Pinewoods of Tuscany, Italy; Twin Dunehouses at Atlantic Beach Florida, USA; The Vacation Ilouse of the Architect in Blokhus, Jutland; The ‘K’ Villa on Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; The Hot Dog House in Harvard, Illinois, USA; The International Museum of Horology at Chaux-de—Fonds, Switzerland; The Ingot ~ A Coffee Bar in Kitakyushu, Japan; A Solar House near Albuquerque, New Mexico; Hopkins House in Hampstead, London, England; The Home of the Architect near los Angeles, California, USA; An Apartment in Milan, Italy; A House on Lake Washington, near Seattle, USA; The Vasarely Foundation near Aix—en-Provence, France; The Takahara Residence in Tokyo, Japan; Casa Vittoria – A Holiday Home in Pantelleria, Italy; Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, Finland; Elements of Architecture: The Window, by Patrick Reyntiens; Trends in Furnishing and Decorative Art; Manufacturers and Designers; plus an introduction by Editor Maria Schofield translated from English to additional Spanish, German, French and Japanese. All texts throughout are in English.
Includes the work of Shoei Yoh, Stanley Tigerman, Gae Aulenti, Tadao Ando, Antoni Gaudi, Rudolf Steiner, Shigeru Uchida, Claus Bonderup, William Morgan, Pierre Zollyamd Georges J. Haefeli, Giacarlo Bicocchi, Luigi Bicocchi, Roberto Monsani, Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, Studio P E R, Masayuki Kurokawa, Jean Sonnier and Dominique Rosseray, Wendell H Lovett, Daniele Boatti, Helmuth Schulitz, Michael Hopkins, Antoine Predock, and many more.
An invaluable series of books on architecture, interior and product design from the 1960s-1980s.
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