Birth of the Cool
Architecture & Interiors
This book accompanied a traveling exhibit, that if you were lucky enough to see, would have blown you away. Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at the Midcentury looked at the dialogue between art, architecture, film, music & design in California 1950's creating a whole picture of the visual influence of modernism.
While, the 2007 exhibition has long been dispersed to the lenders, and the book has gone into its second printing, the world is still a little cooler because of this retro-spective.
Great images, great essays, and totally inspiring- this book is a must-have for anyone interested in mid-century modernism.