“Absence of decoration has introduced the different arts to unsuspected heights,” Austrian architect and theorist Adolf Loos stated in a seminal 1910 lecture titled “Decoration and Crime.” Popping out in opposition to the Artwork Nouveau motion, Loos referred to as for “the elimination of decoration from helpful objects” and hailed “clean and treasured surfaces” in the title of cultural progress.
This sentiment is the guideline of Decoration is Crime: Modernist Architecture, a brand new book that celebrates modernist architecture from its origins in the starting of the 20th century to the current day.
Written by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill—co-founders of London-primarily based luxurious modern actual property company The Modern House—the book brings collectively some of the world’s most architecturally important freestanding homes in an austere but dynamic assortment of black-and-white pictures organized not by geographical location or timeline however by aesthetic.
As such, works by modernist masters like Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, and Frank Lloyd are offered alongside dwellings by modern architects like Tadao Ando, John Pawson, and David Adjaye. Interspersed amongst the pictures are quotations from architects, thinkers, and different main figures of the modernist motion.
Beneath are excerpts from Decoration is Crime, out on June 19th from Phaidon.
Ornament: baubles, charming leisure for a savage.
- Le Corbusier
The Future will favor supplies which best remedy the issues propounded by the new man: I perceive by the New Man the kind of particular person who retains tempo with scientific thought, who understands his age and lives it: the Aeroplane, the Ocean Liner and the Motor are at his service; Sport provides him well being; His Home is his resting place.
- Charlotte Perriand, “Wooden or Metallic”
Merchandise ought to be properly designed and as impartial and open as doable, leaving room for the self expression of these utilizing them.
- Dieter Rams
The lengthy street from the materials by operate to kind has just one objective: to create order out of unholy confusion.
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
I wish to abolish time, particularly in the contemplation of architecture.
- Piet Mondrian
I take it as self evident constructing, fairly devoid of decoration, could convey a noble and dignified sentiment by advantage of mass and proportion. It is not evident to me that decoration can intrinsically heighten these elemental qualities. Why then ought to we use decoration? Shouldn't be a easy dignity adequate? Why ought to we ask extra?
- Louis Sullivan, “Decoration in Architecture”