Dominic Bradbury with Photographs by Richard Powers
The seem to be an endless stream of collections featuring “the best…,” “the most iconic…” “this centuries most important…” buildings, furniture, artists and more. Bring ’em on, I say! They’re a fast, interesting way become familiar with various architectural, design and art vernaculars – without becoming overwhelmed by detail.
The Iconic House gives a brief overview of early architectural styles, then settles in to an earnest to showcase of houses from 1900 onward. There are certainly plenty of familiar homes – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Waters, Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, and Charles Deaton’s Sculptured House (made famous in Woody Allen’s movie Sleeper). But there are a number of lesser known houses featured here too, including: Luis Barragan’s Cuadra San Cristobal, John Lautner’s Elrod Residence, and Antti Lovag’s Palais Bulles. Each house is given a page overview of text (enough to inform but not overwhelm), along with a page or two of gorgeous photos. An enjoyable and easy read to expand your knowledge of 20th Century home architecture.