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Making L.A. Modern: Craig Ellwood—Myth, Man, Designer
by Edited by Michael Boyd; ; photography by Richard Powers
Foreword by Ray Kappe

A stellar group of writers—SFMOMA architecture curator Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, writers Michal Webb and Jeffrey Head, industrial designer Carl Magnusson, Modern San Diego president Keith York, and Ellwood’s own daughter Erin, a designer in her own right—join designer Michael Boyd and architect Ray Kappe, FAIA, to take a very personal look into Ellwood’s architecture, furniture, and mystique. Kappe’s foreword—“The Craig Ellwood I Knew”—traces his adulation from his job interview out of college (no work, no position) to a true friendship between colleagues. In a refreshing structural change to the typical monograph, Boyd places project texts after a select portfolio of 11 built works, allowing Richard Powers’ images to speak loudly and the reader to have a wonderfully immersive experience. The essays (save foreword and editor’s preface) are placed likewise. This demands attention to theworkprior to detailed and illustrated descriptions of Ellwood’s notorious “life of refined decadence” that fueled his “brand of playboy architecture.” The essayists address Ellwood’s painting, furniture design, and personal style, in addition to the contributions he made to defining a California architecture. After enjoying this book, you’ll agree with Boyd that “Craig Ellwood was a complex man in search of a simple architecture.”

Rizzoli International Publications; 2018; 240 pages; hardcover; $65.

 

 

 

 
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