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A crucial file that must be consisted of in any library of style and architecture.– Daniella Ohad
A skillful mix of émigré bio and architecture and style history, showing that the twentieth century cultivated more than one modernism.
— Donald Albrecht
Christopher Long, author of influential essays on Adolf Loos, Kem Weber, and Paul T. Frankel, turns his attention to the obscure designer and designer Jock Peters, a mainly forgotten figure of early Los Angeles modernism.
This aesthetically abundant research study is likewise an intimate picture of a designer who, like a lot of, had a hard time to develop a profession throughout the early years of the twentieth century, years ravished by World War I and the Great Anxiety. Amongst Peters’s early operate in Germany are styles for the Levantehaus and Karstadt outlet store, an ingenious style dated 1916 for a spectacular glass structure, and his work for Peter Behrens after the war, however the designer’s most accomplished and engaging work followed 1922 when he settled in Southern California. Many significant are the noticeably luxurious and sophisticated business interiors Peters created for the renowned Bullock’s Wilshire shop in Los Angeles and the unfortunately forgotten Hollander outlet store in New york city City; both tasks brought him global acknowledgment.
The awesome scope of his short-term profession consists of contemporary movie sets for Famous Players-Lasky, later on Paramount Pictures, while working under the famous art director Hans Dreier; a vibrant sales workplace for the trendsetting Maddux Air Lines, which later on ended up being TWA; and contemporary homes, consisting of the still extant homes he constructed for cinematographer Alfred Gilks, who would later on win an Academy Award for An American in Paris, and art gallerist and designer William Lingenbrink for whom Peters likewise created shops and a vibrantly vibrant pathway for the Silver Hair beach advancement north of Los Angeles. Lingenbrink, a significant fan of the blossoming modernism, likewise commissioned Jock Peters, along with Schindler, to create homes for Park Moderne, the famous progressive modernist retreat for artists in Calabasas. Peters likewise created the retreat’s Streamline Moderne pump home, clubhouse, and zigzag water fountain, which still stands.
This essential research study on early modernism consists of never ever before released product from the designer’s individual archive, still in household hands. These amazing and motivating images– more than 250 historical photos, etchings, watercolors, and illustrations– along with Long’s informative story, show how Peters, in spite of his sudden death, handled to leave his mark on the modernist landscape in Southern California at a time when the brand-new design was simply emerging.
Publisher: Bauer and Dean Publishers (October 27, 2021)
Hardbound: 304 pages
Product Weight: 2.87 pounds
Dimensions: 8.57 x 0.98 x 10.62 inches