Learn From the Homes of Modern Design Masters

A new book features the living spaces of Wharton Esherick and Russel Wright.


Courtesy of Rizzoli

To document how her design idols really lived, Leslie Williamson took her camera inside their homes. The images in the resulting book, Handcrafted Modern: At Home With Mid-Century Designers—doorknobs made from found objects at Russel Wright's glass box in the Hudson River Valley, a crewelwork owl hand-stitched onto a rocking-chair back at Vladimir Kagan's Park Avenue apartment, and tchotchkes scattered on Walter Gropius' desk built for two (himself and his wife, Ise) in rural Massachusetts—prove that modernism always had a softer side. $45; rizzoliusa.com

Monica Khemsurov

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