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This New Book Is a Time Machine to Mid-Century Modernism

Proof that past utopian ideals have shaped the present day.

1: By Pierre Koenig, photography by Julius Shulman
2: By John Lautner, photography by Leland Y. Lee
3: By Étienne Fromanger, photography by Alexis Narodetzky
4: By Wolfgang Feierbach, photography by Filip Šlapal
5: By Memphis Design, photography by Jacques Schumacher
6: By Étienne Fromanger, photography by Alexis Narodetzky (LEFT); by Antti Lovag, photography by Ken Sparkes (RIGHT)
7–8: By Antti Lovag, photography by Ken Sparkes

It’s no secret that the past lays the foundation for the future. That the bygone utopian ideals of mid-century architects have shaped present-day design is made clear in a new coffee table book, out today, by Gestalten. Inside Utopia offers an inside look at iconic, progressive homes like Jens Risom’s Block Island House, Antti Lonvag’s otherworldly Palais Bulles and the legendary Eames House in California.

The 300-page tome is loaded with examples of visionary design, Brutalist architecture and Space Age futurism — the only inspiration you need for your next apartment revamp.

Buy Now: $31

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