Modernist

Circular modernism: 1970s Dan Duckham-designed property in Lutz, Florida, USA

We love a circular house, which pretty much sums up the 1970s Dan Duckham-designed property in Lutz, Florida, USA you see here. It’s actually called The Palmer House and dates back to 1971 and according to the architect, follows ‘the development of circular forms into a kind of free-form vocabulary’. Basically, lots of curves. I […]

1960s modernism: Design Planning Associates-designed property in Ingatestone, Essex

Quite a convoluted title, but it this is a 1960s Design Planning Associates-designed modernist property in Ingatestone, Essex. This is one of a group of noted modernist properties on the Tor Bryan estate, the work of Design Planning Associates of London and a house wheel you don’t just buy into a single dwelling – you […]

1970s modernism: Bob and Tim Organ-designed property in Flax Bourton, Somerset

We saw a similar one earlier in the year. Now another 1970s Bob and Tim Organ-designed property in Flax Bourton, Somerset is on the market. The best thing about that is the research has already been done. Which makes our life a lot easier. This is one of a group of five houses in the […]

Out now: Modernist London poster book by Sarah Evans

Love the look of modernist facades? You probably want the Modernist London poster book by Sarah Evans for Christmas. Sarah Evans is the architect and designer behind Oscar Francis, using her knowledge and skill to create this poster art book featuring 22 architectural illustrations. From the National Theatre on the Southbank, to Willow Road in […]

Sculptural living: 1960s Jacques Couelle-designed property in Mouans-Sartoux, south-east France

Thanks to Jean-Yves for letting us know about the amazing 1960s Jacques Couelle-designed property in Mouans-Sartoux, south-east France, which is now on the market. A house or a work of art? I’m not sure. But this sculptural property really does have impact both inside and out. It’s one of five ‘landscape’ houses produced by the […]

Grade I-listed modernism: Apartment in the 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed Highpoint in London N6

Another chance to live in an apartment in the 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed Highpoint in London N6. It’s a chance many of us want too. These apartments rarely hang about on the market long, despite prices constantly rising, even for the more modest examples. Like this one. This is a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor […]

Grade II-listed modernism: 1950s Span apartment in the Parkleys development, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey

A place we have featured before, but this 1950s Span apartment in the Parkleys development, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey is new to the market. It’s actually in Ham and in what’s described as a ‘tranquil’ setting. That’s a bonus, with the building itself being the star of the show. It’s a grade II-listed construction, the […]

Out now: Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map by​ Blue​ ​Crow​ ​Media

It’s map number 11 from Blue Crow Media, this time with the Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map. Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​two-sided,​ ​bilingual​ ​guide​ ​to the city’s architecture, including​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​map​ ​of​ ​Tokyo, an​ ​introduction​ ​by​ ​Tokyo-based​ ​architecture​ ​by​ ​design​ ​writer​ ​Naomi​ ​Pollock, photographs​ ​by​ ​​Jimmy​ ​Cohrssen plus​ ​details​ ​of​ ​fifty​ ​selected​ ​concrete​ ​buildings. ​Architects​ […]

1960s modernism: John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA

An architect that needs no introduction, with the 1960s John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA thankfully largely unchanged. John Lautner finds are always popular, none more so than the Willard Whyte house in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. This isn’t quite to that level, but it is rather special. The […]

In need of renovation: Tioga 1960s modernist property in Keston, near Bromley, Kent

It doesn’t look good for the Tioga 1960s modernist property in Keston, near Bromley, Kent. Hopefully someone can save it. Thanks to Faye for tipping us off about this one, which dates back to the 1960s and presumably had a ‘name’ architect behind it. Sadly, we can’t find that name. Let us know if you […]

Design Icons wall coverings at Murals Wallpaper

The names Breuer, Aalto and Neutra have appeared on their pages in the past, but not in terms of home decor. That changes with the launch of the Design Icons wall coverings at Murals Wallpaper. It’s a new range of wallpapers inspired by modernism and mid-20th century design. Bold shapes and eye-catching colours create statement […]

Circular living: Nutmeg House eco home in Bridport, Dorset

We can’t resist anything circular, so the Nutmeg House eco home in Bridport, Dorset was always going to feature. Actually, this is an oval house, designed by architect Barnaby Gunning and built by Parsons Building & Construction in 2012 using locally sourced materials and with the intention of blending in with the nature around it. […]

1970s brutalism: Neave Brown-designed duplex apartment on the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, London NW8

Another love it or hate it example of 1970s brutalism, courtesy of this Neave Brown-designed duplex apartment on the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, London NW8. As you probably know, this Rowley Way apartment was one of several similar places built between 1972 and 1978 to a design by Neave Brown. A significant new room, as […]

1960s modernism: Grade II-listed Cockaigne Housing Group property in Hatfield, Hertfordshire

These are always highly popular, so make sure you check out this 1960s grade II-listed Cockaigne Housing Group property in Hatfield, Hertfordshire before it gets snapped up. This one is even more special, as it is only the second time it has been on the market. The last time was 1968. Like all the others, […]

1950s modernist living: Mies van der Rohe-designed townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

We have featured a few of these in the past, but this 1950s Mies van der Rohe-designed modernist townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA is perhaps the most original we have seen. Dating back to 1959, this is one of a number of similarly-styled properties designed by the master architect and until a few years ago, […]

In need of renovation: 1960s modernist property in Welwyn, Hertfordshire

I’m pretty sure this is being pitched as a redevelopment plot, but I’m more fascinated in this 1960s modernist property in Welwyn, Hertfordshire than the land. Thanks to Daniel for flagging it up. To be fair, you can see why it’s being pitched for redevelopment. This is 1.3 acres of land in a ‘highly regarded […]

Coming soon: Post-Modern Buildings in Britain by Elain Harwood and Geraint Franklin

Batsford, in conjunction with the 20th Century Society, is releasing Post-Modern Buildings in Britain by Elain Harwood and Geraint Franklin in November. Post-modernism is described as the ‘1980s counter to Brutalism’, but a style that did fall out of fashion until key buildings began to disappear. It is now being reassessed by historians Geraint Franklin […]

Time capsule for sale: 1950s Royal McClure-designed Cornelius House in Spokane, Washington, USA

How does a 1950s time capsule grab you? If it does, check out the Royal McClure-designed Cornelius House in Spokane, Washington, USA. Amazingly, this place has had just the one owner for 65 years. Obviously someone had a love for this 1952 build and as such, nothing has really changed. In fact, pretty much nothing […]

Huf Haus for sale: Four-bedroom property on the Wentworth Estate, Virginia Water, Surrey

Always good to see one of these on the market. Although this four-bedroom Huf Haus on the Wentworth Estate, Virginia Water, Surrey is probably out of reach for most of us. Virginia Water is said to be the most expensive place outside of London to buy a house, with average house prices well past the […]

In need of renovation: 1960s Span House on the Templemere Estate, Weybridge, Surrey

We featured a stunning property on this estate a while back. Perhaps it could be inspiration to update this 1960s Span House on the Templemere Estate, Weybridge, Surrey. It’s actually more refurbishment than restoration, but if you check the house on the link above, you get an idea of just what you can do here. […]

1950s modernism: Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley, California, USA

First time on the market for the Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley, California, USA. That’s quite something too considering the house dates back to 1955. It’s actually the architect’s own home too, as well as a property on the National Register of Historic Places. So quite a pedigree. Has it changed? Well, yes […]

1960s modernism: Empson Hill property in Kendal, Cumbria

Thanks to Peter for pointing us in the direction of this 1960s modernist property in Kendal, Cumbria. Known as Empson Hill, this is a 1960s build that looks largely unchanged in 50 or so years. Of course, that’s not the only appeal. This is a substantial property in Kendal, which is not far from the […]

Le Corbusier: The Complete Buildings by Cemal Emden

This actually popped up last month, but I only spotted Le Corbusier: The Complete Buildings by Cemal Emden this week. Glad I did, as it really does sound like a winner. Here’s the background. In 2010, photographer Cemal Emden decided to document every building designed by Le Corbusier. It took him through three continents, taking […]

Coastal modernism: Six-bedroom property at Cooden Beach, Bexhill, East Sussex

You might have a little surprise if you pick up this six-bedroom modernist property at Cooden Beach, Bexhill, East Sussex. That’s because it has a celebrity owner. The seller is chat show and radio host Graham Norton, who has decided to give up this wonderful beachfront house around eight years after purchasing it. Why? Who […]

Time capsule for sale: 1960s three-bedroom property in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Something affordable and full of character. This 1960s three-bedroom property in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. According to the agent, this was built to an individual design back in the 1960s and according to the eyes, little has changed in the 50 or so years since. Well, obviously some things have changed, with a slight update here […]

1960s modernism: Patrick O’Keefe-designed property in Langley, Kent

This is interesting, not least because this 1960s Patrick O’Keefe-designed modernist property in Langley, Kent was on this site when last up for sale some years back. We are actually going back to 2012 in regard to that last sale, which gives us an option to compare and contrast. Unfortunately, back then, we only used […]

Grand Design for sale: Five-bedroom modernist property in Colgate, near Horsham, West Sussex

I’m guessing a number of fans of the Grand Designs show will remember this five-bedroom modernist property in Colgate, near Horsham, West Sussex. It’s a notable house for many reasons, but the main one is the size of this place. This was (and perhaps still is) the biggest house ever constructed on the show when […]

1970s modernism: Three-bedroom property in Barming, Kent

This 1970s modernist property in Barming, Kent was designed by the current owners and as you might expect, has changed little. To be honest, it doesn’t jump out at you in terms of the exterior. At least, compared to some we have featured. But the interior is an absolute dream. If you love the 1970s […]

Out now: Modernist Belgrade Map by Blue Crow Media

It’s the series that keeps on growing. The latest addition is the Modernist Belgrade Map by Blue Crow Media. You know the rail now, this is a wonderful fold-out map showcasing the best modernist buildings in a particular location, in this case Belgrade. Edited by local architect and researcher Ljubica Slavkovica and with photographs by […]