Making L. A. Modern Craig Ellwood - Myth, Man, Designer

Author(s): Michael Boyd (Editor); Richard Powers (Photographer); Ray Kappe (Foreword by)

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This is the definitive volume on Craig Ellwood, a visionary architect, designer, and tastemaker often called the "California Mies van der Rohe."

Craig Ellwood, "the Cary Grant of architecture," was one of the most visible faces of California mid-century modernism. He was known as much for his exquisitely designed, minimalist structures as he was for his exuberant lifestyle.


This book celebrates and explores the glamour of Ellwood's work, life, myth, and career. Through photographs, primarily of the iconic houses he designed in Southern California during the 1950s and '60s, we see a life of refined decadence, expressed through gorgeous architecture, fast cars, beautiful women, Hollywood style, palm trees, swimming pools, and minimalist design--all in the context of the Southern California postwar building boom.


This volume will appeal to design junkies, architecture buffs, students of modernism, and anyone interested in problem-solving and elegant solutions.

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Michael Boyd is a landscape, furniture, and architectural designer based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is the principal of BoydDesign, a consultancy for the restoration and preservation of modernist architecture, and for collecting modern art and design. He is an internationally renowned and published expert on 20th century design and post-war Modernism. Richard Powers has served as principal photographer for over 20 books on design, architecture, and interiors. He is the photographer for Rizzoli's Making House (2017). Ray Kappe is an internationally recognised architect, urban planner, and educator. His work is considered to be an extension of the early Southern California master architects: Wright, Shindler, and Neutra. He is a co-founder of SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

General Fields

  • : 9780847861538
  • : Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
  • : Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
  • : April 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Boyd (Editor); Richard Powers (Photographer); Ray Kappe (Foreword by)
  • : Hardback
  • : 240