CATEGORY   Decorative Arts, Architecture, Design

Hardcover, 160 pages, 265 x 190 mm, 168 black and white illustrations, 1988
UK John Murray ISBN 978-0-719-54432-3


Edited by Patrick Nuttgens

As the Modern Movement comes under increasing critical scrutiny and many architects design in an idiom that has come to be known as Postmodern, the architecture of the wonderfully incandescent period before World War I is increasingly seen as rich in artistic and technical significance, and important as one of several sources for the architecture of today. The work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), with its highly original treatment of space and its decorative character, has come to be recognised as fundamentally symptomatic of the period. Throughout Europe, in the Americas and in Japan, Mackintosh is now celebrated as one of the major artistic figures of his time.

The wide-ranging studies in this book are by recognised scholars of the architecture of that period. Included are an investigation of what was loosely termed the English House, the most famous architectural type of the period, and of the theories of the movement that produced it. Then studies of Frank Lloyd Wright and of Greene & Greene in California. Then on to Vienna, Hungary, France and Catalonia with contributions on Joseph Olbrich, Ödön Lechner, Hector Guimard and Antoni Gaudí, and the furniture and decorative work that formed the essential component to their buildings.

The late Patrick Nuttgens, erstwhile Director of Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Beckett University) was the book’s editor, and it has an introduction by Roger Billcliffe, author of the definitive studies of Mackintosh’s furniture and watercolours; Sir Denys Lasdun provided an epilogue. Other chapters are by Filippo Alison, John Archer, Robert Judson-Clark, Claude Frontisi, Thomas Howarth, Don Kalec, Robert Macleod, Andrew Macmillan, Randell Makinson, Juan Bassegoda Nonell, Dennis Sharp, Janos Szirmai, David Walker and Christian Witt-Döring.