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HANNES MEYER: CO-OP INTERIEUR. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 52 pp. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9783959050456 In English.
Publisher's description: In his Co-op Interieur (1926) -- a simple corner of a room known only in a photograph -- Swiss architect Hannes Meyer (1889-1954) gave expression to a radical, antibourgeois style of interior. Comprised only of a bed, a lamp, two chairs and a gramophone on a table, he imagined this room for the nomadic urban worker. Through the absence of people, objects and spatial features as much as by the distinctiveness of its design, Meyer was proclaiming an alternative principle for housing, proposing that architecture and design were intended not to fulfill historically determined needs but to overcome their constraints. Historical photographs of the interior and three provocative essays on ownership, minimalism and the "unhomely," by Brussels-based architect Pier Vittrio, Mexican architect Raquel Franklin, and Gree architect Aristide Antonas, respectively, explore the layers of meaning within Meyer's mise-en-scene manifesto on collectivity and utility as a counterpoint to ownership and private property.
Artist(s):Meyer, Hannes
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 173006
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