SURVEYS, COMPETITIONS, AND PERIODICALS

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METROPOLIS BOOKS

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Hardcover, 8.75 x 10.25 in. / 272 pgs / 130 color / 200 bw.

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PUB DATE 6/30/2014
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From the "summer Bauhaus" on, the Cape’s modern designers enjoyed a lifestyle based on communion with nature, solitary creativity and shared festivity

"'Walter Gropius was tired.' That is the fabulous first sentence to this engaging book by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani. A sweeping celebration of modernism anchored by a strong sense of place, Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape from Metropolis Books is a must-read for anyone interested in architecture, maritime history, artistic communities, the Cape itself, Yankee do-it-yourself determination and Thoreauvian love of the land." - Gwendolyn Horton, Design Notes: the Design Within Reach Newsletter and Blog

  

METROPOLIS BOOKS

Cape Cod Modern

Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape

Published by Metropolis Books
Foreword by Kenneth Frampton. Text by Peter McMahon, Christine Cipriani. Photographs by Raimund Koch.

Featured image, of Serge Chermayeff’s 1954 Wilkinson House, is reproduced from <I>Cape Cod Modern</I>.In the summer of 1937, Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus and a professor at Harvard’s new Graduate School of Design, rented a house on Planting Island, near the base of Cape Cod. There, he and his wife, Ise, hosted a festive reunion of Bauhaus masters and students who had recently emigrated from Europe: Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Xanti Schawinsky and others. Together they feasted, swam and planned their futures on a new continent, all sensing they were on the cusp of a momentous new phase in their lives. Yet even as they moved on, the group never lost its connection to the Cape Cod coast. Several members returned, when they had the means, to travel farther up the peninsula, rent cabins, buy land and design their ideal summer homes. Thus began a chapter in the history of modern architecture that has never been told--until now. The flow of talent onto the Outer Cape continued and, within a few years, the area was a hotbed of intellectual currents from New York, Boston, Cambridge and the country’s top schools of architecture and design. Avant-garde homes began to appear in the woods and on the dunes; by the 1970s, there were about 100 modern houses of interest here. In this story, we meet, among others, the Boston Brahmins Jack Phillips and Nathaniel Saltonstall; the self-taught architect, carpenter and painter Jack Hall; the Finn Olav Hammarström, who had worked for Alvar Aalto; and the prolific Charlie Zehnder, who brought the lessons of both Frank Lloyd Wright and Brutalism to the Cape. Initially, these designers had no clients; they built for themselves and their families, or for friends sympathetic to their ideals. Their homes were laboratories, places to work through ideas without spending much money. The result of this ferment is a body of work unlike any other, a regional modernism fusing the building traditions of Cape Cod fishing towns with Bauhaus concepts and postwar experimentation.

Featured image, of Serge Chermayeff’s 1954 Wilkinson House, is reproduced from Cape Cod Modern.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

John Pawson

John Pawson Architects LTD.

A beautifully written book with a tremendous sense of time and place.

K. Michael Hays

Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Rigorously researched and meticulously documented, Cape Cod Modern narrates an extraordinary era of architectural experiments in spatial organizations and materials on the Outer Cape. These houses are not only examples of an alternate legacy of the "masters" of modern architecture. They are diagrams of a very particular worldview and recommendations for a specific way of living — progressive and enlightened, with art at its center.

George McNeely

World Monuments Fund

Fascinating—an elegantly written, well researched, highly readable account of the creation and flowering of a world of social and intellectual exchange, its characters, influences, and traditions, and the refined, austere, and delightful houses that are its legacy.

Alastair Gordon

Co-publisher, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction

One of the missing links in East Coast modernism has been beautifully uncovered and brought to light by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani. Beyond a mere documentation of forgotten architecture, Cape Cod Modernis a first-rate chronicle of a special place and period in American cultural history.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/14/2014

Cape Cod Modern Book Event at Knoll, Boston

Cape Cod Modern Book Event at Knoll, BostonThursday, June 19 from 6-8PM, join Knoll for a book signing with Cape Cod Modern authors Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/22/2014

Cape Cod Modern Launches at Cafiero Select

Cape Cod Modern Launches at Cafiero SelectOn Tuesday night, architects, preservationists, journalists and friends of Metropolis Books and the Outer Cape gathered at Cafiero Select to celebrate Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape. The launch party was hosted by David Cafiero, along with New York Magazine editor Adam Moss, Metropolis Books publisher Diana Murphy and Provincetown painter John Dowd.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/18/2014

Cape Cod Modern Co-Author Previews Book at Design Within Reach, Boston

Cape Cod Modern Co-Author Previews Book at Design Within Reach, BostonTonight at 6:30 PM, Peter McMahon, co-author of Metropolis Books' forthcoming Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, will speak at Design Within Reach in Boston's South End. He will discuss his research for the book and current restoration projects for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, which he directs.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/30/2014

Bestseller Cape Cod Modern Featured in 'Conde Nast Traveler' and 'Elle Decor'

Bestseller Cape Cod Modern Featured in 'Conde Nast Traveler' and 'Elle Decor'Ranked number four on Amazon's Architecture Best Seller list and number one in both Architectural History and Regional Architecture, Metropolis Books' Cape Cod Modern is featured this month in both Conde Nast Traveler and Elle Decor.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/30/2014

Cape Cod Modern in the Wall Street Journal

Cape Cod Modern in the Wall Street Journal"For nearly 40 years, Cape Cod was a melting pot of innovative architecture. Now the Cape Cod Modernist House Trust is attempting to preserve this legacy from the threat of demolition." Wall Street Journal writer Carol Kino contributes a major feature on Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/1/2014

Summer Bauhaus: Cape Cod Modern

Summer Bauhaus: Cape Cod ModernFeatured detail—of Walter Gropius (center, with hat) flanked by fellow "Bauhauslers" Xanti Schawinsky, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer (mostly hidden) and Mary Coss in the summer of 1937 on Planting Island, Cape Cod—is reproduced from the bestselling architecture title Cape Cod Modern, reviewed this month in Conde Nast Traveler and Elle Decor. Authors Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani write, "From the Summer Bauhaus onward, the Cape’s modern designers enjoyed a lifestyle based on communion with nature, solitary creativity, and shared festivity. Their houses captured this ethos with their blurring of indoors and outdoors, their secluded studios, and their outdoor party spaces. The group did serious work on the Cape, and exchanged ideas while walking in the woods or boating on a pond. Despite their cosmopolitan backgrounds, a surprising number, including Breuer, are buried by their homes in this quiet place. Their work is now threatened by the passage of time in an unforgiving climate, its transience a poignant testament to their sensitive, sparing designs." continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/19/2014

Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape

Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer CapeThe living room of Hayden Walling's 1960 cottage and studio for painter James Lechay, photographed in 2013 by Raimund Koch, is reproduced from Cape Cod Modern: Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, releasing this week from Metropolis Books. K. Michael Hays of Harvard's Graduate School of Design writes, "Rigorously researched and meticulously documented, Cape Cod Modern narrates an extraordinary era of architectural experiments in spatial organizations and materials on the Outer Cape. These houses are not only examples of an alternate legacy of the "masters" of modern architecture. They are diagrams of a very particular worldview and recommendations for a specific way of living — progressive and enlightened, with art at its center." continue to blog


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