A collection of 25 issues spanning the years 1944 to 1967 of the influential West Coast architecture magazine known for its “Case Study Houses” Program. In 1945 the magazine proposed to “begin immediately the study, planning, actual design and construction of eight houses, each to fulfill the specifications of a special living problem in the Southern California area.” The houses became icons of the Mid-Century modernist movement. The cover design and focus of the magazine was revolutionary at the time and a direct challenge to the prominence of the East Coast as the center of architecture in the U.S. The magazine included exceptional architectural photography by the likes of Julius Shulman, Marvin Rand and others.
Architects and artists covered in the collection present a who’s who of Mid-Century modernism and design, including Pierre Koenig, Gyorgy Kepes, Alfred Neumann, Ettore Sottsass, Robert Venturi, Frei Otto, Louis Kahn, Mies van der Rohe, Herman Miller, Saul Bass, Richard Neutra, Herbert Matter, Anni Albers, Harry Seidler, Walter Gropius, William Wurster, Greene & Greene, Ester McCoy, SOM, Isamu Noguchi, Gio Ponti, Dore Ashton, Max Bill, Marcel Breuer, Hans Hollein, Yona Friedman, George Nelson, Herber Bayer, John Lautner and many, many others.
The collection includes the following issues:
May 1944: covers separated from staples; heavy cover wear and edgewear; torn page
July 1944: covers separating from staples; .75” area of loss to black on cover likely due to previous price sticker removal
October 1944: chipping along spine, cover separated from staples, heavier scuffing and wear to covers, .75” area of loss to black on cover likely due to previous price sticker removal
December 1952 (includes Case Study House by Craig Ellwood): back cover loose/separated from staples
September 1959: small amount of writing in pen on cover
February 1960 (includes Case Study House No. 22 by Pierre Koenig): overall creasing to cover and pages
September 1961 (includes Case Study House No. 24 by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons)
June 1963 (includes Case Study House No. 27 by Campbell & Wong & Associates)
August 1965: light moisture or heat damage to cover
July 1966: top edges uncut
April 1967 (includes Habitat ’67)
A wonderful collection featuring thousands of images of mid-Century design. Item #1079.
Condition: Generally Very Good, some toning to pages and minor scuffing to covers and edgewear; a few issues have mailing labels attached to front or back covers; additional condition notes are included for each issue above, when relevant.