These were the most popular design books at Modernism 101 during March 2012.
This 1953 atlas is a triumph of the Bauhaus ideology of clarity put into practice, as well as a high point of American book design and production—from the rosette-inspired endpapers to the incredible ten-color printing throughout (CMYK plus custom spot blues, reds and others).
Frederick E. Emmons
Dedicated to Joseph L. Eichler: “a truly progressive builder, whose untiring efforts have advanced greatly the concepts of today’s development houses . . .” Authored by a pair of architects whose roles in the development of the postwar modern residential movement cannot be overstated. $100
George Nelson's lavish attempt to sell modern furniture to middle America. Naturally the book is extremely well-designed and thoughtfully assembled with drop-dead gorgeous photography selected from the archives of Interiors magazine (sponsors of all four volumes in the Interiors Library Series).
Sixty-six issues of Campo Grafico were published between 1933 and 1939 by a loosely confederated group of Italian printers, typographers, designers, and photographers. Subtitled “Magazine of Aesthetic and Graphical Technique‚” the contents were designed and printed during off-hours at various presses throughout Italy and distributed in a similarly free-form fashion.