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Archigram


This is the first monograph on Archigram, a chronicle of the work of a group of young British architects that became the most influential architecture movement of the 1960s, as told by the members themselves. It includes material published in the early issues of their iconic and influential journal, as well as numerous texts, poems, comics, photocollages, drawings and fantastical architecture projects. Work presented includes Instant City, pod living, the Features Monte Carlo entertainment centre, Blowout Village, and the Cushicle personalized enclosure. Still considered THE Archigram book.

Hardcover first US edition (1973) in illustrated dust-jacket.

The main members of Archigram were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene. Designer Theo Crosby was the “hidden hand” behind the group. Especially active between 1961 and 1974,  when this book was published, the group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions worldwide – the significance of their work continues to be felt today. Their radical re-definitions of domestic architecture and urban planning, as well as an aesthetic that transcends practical function, had wide-felt repercussions on contemporary British art of the 1960s and the subsequent avant-garde in architecture at that time in Europe, Japan, and America. Their work inspired two like-minded Italian collectives, Archizoom and Superstudio and Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’ Centre Pompidou (1972-76) in Paris, as well as buildings by Japanese “metabolist” architects such as Kenzo Tange’s Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center (1965-70) in Tokyo. Archigram responded to comic books and pop music, space travel and moon landing, science fiction and the exciting new technologies of the sixties and seventies, their inspirations came from architects and artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut, and Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes, communicating their ideas through Archigram magazine as well as though traditional architectural renderings, gallery exhibitions, multi-media installations, and collage. Their unique style of rendering often emphasized concepts over architectural forms, and had an enormous influence on modern architectural drawing techniques as well as the conceptualization of architectural ideas.

* Condition: Good (has ex-library markings, stickers, stamps, to endpapers and titles pages, otherwise a good copy with only light bumping, wear, single library sticker to original dust-jacket) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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The Navajo Blanket

Large format paperback catalogue beautifully designed by Louis Danziger produced for an exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 27-Aug. 27, 1972.  This publication explores in pictures and words the beautiful, intricate blankets of the Navajo. Beginning with the earliest surviving examples through to the classical period of the 1880’s, this beautifully designed book features 81 Native American blankets and apparel, including technical and material details, history, and stylistic developments.  Published by Praeger Publishers Inc. in New York, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.

Louis Danziger (born November 17, 1923) is an American graphic designer and design educator. He is most strongly associated with the late modern movement in graphic design, and with a community of designers from various disciplines working in Southern California in the mid-twentieth century. He is noted for his iconoclastic approach to design, and for introducing the principles of European constructivism to the American advertising vernacular. In 1998, Danziger was awarded the AIGA Gold Medal for “standards of excellence over a lifetime of work.”

A gorgeously designed publication, for anyone interested in the history of tapestry and textiles.

* Condition: Very Good, slight fading on spine – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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