I love mid century architecture/design books and periodicals. I’ve spent way too much time over the years searching for these books and magazines. Fortunately, in the process, I have amassed a nice book collection. Hint: Keep your eyes peeled for publications by Reinhold, Praeger, F.W. Dodge and Braziller
One of my better book/magazine finds, was a huge pile of 1950’s Graphis magazines in a recycling pile on 86th and West End Avenue. (I am not above digging through trash) Many of these are now held in a Mathieu Mategot magazine rack in my office. This story, though, is not really on point.
Another publication I have always hoped to find in the trash is Arts & Arcitecture from the late 1940’s & 1950’s. This is primarily because of Arts & Architecture’s comprehensive documentation of the Case Study House program.
Arts & Architecture has a fantastic web site dedicated to the CSH program where you can view the articles documenting the program. If you haven’t seen it, go take a look.
If you’re like me and prefer the tactile experience of turning paper, Taschen recently released a collosal 10 volume set called, “Arts & Architecture 1945-54: The Complete Reprint”
Ten boxes, each containing a full year of the magazine-it’s almost too much. The only problem, the $700.00 price tag.
But don’t lament. I was cruising the internet last night and discovered that Barney’s NY has the whole set on sale at half price….yup half price. That’s $350.00. This purchase now seems reasonable….or reasonabler. Even better, free shipping.
Beware, however, if you live in NY- you will have to pay Sales Tax.