Modernist Gardens in Southern California
, Marie Botnick
This book is Out of Print
Publication date 2/1/2003
9.25 x 11.75 inches (23.5 x 29.8 cm), Hardcover
192 pages, 150 color illustrations, 81 b/w illustrations
Carton qty: 14;
When we think of the gardens of Southern California, we tend to think of the enormous semiarid landscapes of the Huntington and Rancho Los Alamitos, often built on the sprawling grounds of former ranches. But there is another garden tradition in Southern California: the modest, rectangular suburban plots designed by the most famous architects of mid-century modernism: Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano, Harwell Hamilton Harris, A. Quincy Jones, and John Lautner. These architects saw the garden as an outdoor extension of the space of the houses they designed, rather than a neo-Spanish fantasy to be added later by a "landscapist." Their modern gardens made use of low-maintenance, drought-resistant plants, and made room for informal outdoor living by children and adults with an emphasis on recreation and exercise.
The first book of its kind, Private Landscapes profiles twenty significant gardens-and their accompanying houses-by these celebrated architects. Using contemporary photographs by Julius Shulman and newly commissioned color images, along with plans and plant lists, Private Landscapes provides a never-before-seen look at these gardens. As beautiful and practical now as they were 50 years ago, these designs continue to provide inspiration for gardeners and designers everywhere.
Pamela Burton is a noted landscape architect in Los Angeles who has been instrumental in restoring several mid-century gardens in Southern California.
Marie Botnick is an interior designer specializing in re-creating modernist interiors and responsible for restoring a major Richard Neutra residence in Los Angeles. She lives in Ojai, California.
"West Coast America saw the enthusiastic adoption -- and adaptation -- ofthe modernist aesthetic developed in inter-war Europe and before long thestyle became the de facto status symbol of the forward-thinking housebuilder. This book traces how the style was made to meld into theCalifornian landscape."
The Architectural Review:
"When you learn that most of the photographs in this book are taken by TimStreet-Porter and the equally legendary Juliusw Shulmsn you know you are infor a visual treat."
The Los Angeles Times Magazine:
"This intriguing insider's view is for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of our region's signature brand of indoor-outdoor living."
North Shore News:
"For anyone who loves the landscape design work of Garrett Eckbo, or the construction of homes by architects Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, there are many fine examples of the creations these innovators made within this book."
House & Garden:
". . . a compelling look at 19 southern California gardens intrinsically linked to their houses. . . The mere existence of the gardens will surprise many; their attention to scale and region is a revelation."
— Katrine Ames
The Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter:
". . .period black-and-white and present-day color photography give a sense of the gardens as lived-in and loved spaces."
"When landscape design is put into action, the result often includes poodle shaped topiary and intricately set rows of colorful flowers. In this book,however, Burton and Botnik depict California landscapes that subverttraditional garden ideals and complement their architectural counterparts.Well designed greenery next to houses by Soriano, Schindler, and othernotable architects is shown."
New England Journal of Antiques:
"The first book of its kind, PRIVATE LANDSCAPES, profiles 20 significant gardens, and their accompanying houses. . . As beautiful and practical now as they were 50 years ago, these designs continue to provide inspiration for gardeners and designers everywhere."
Victor Valley Daily Press (CA):
"PRIVATE LANDSCAPES is full of ideas High Desert gardeners can use to emulate the great Modernist landscape architects."
"This book at first appears to be a classic for your coffee table, with its lavish photographs and large-scale format. The brief one-page bibliography reinforces this sense, but a second glance reveals that Private Landscapes is something more. Given the dearth of literature on modernist gardens, this book is sure to be a favorite among readers interested in international style."
Places for People, LA Architect:
"Kathryn Smith's erudite introduction and the authors' texts add historical resonance to this enticing collection of new and original gardens. . . The plans and photographs are reminders of how Garrett Eckbo and others led the way in integrating modern architecture with landscape, inspired by Neutra's vision of the house as 'a machine in the garden.'"
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