5/3/07

Architectural Details


Characteristic was Antonin Raymond's first U.S. publication: Architectural Details, published last week by The Architectural Forum. It contained not a word of theory but 116 pages of photographs and drawings of building techniques developed in Japan. In them and in furniture beautifully handmade after designs by his wife, NoƩmi Pernessin Raymond, the architect demonstrated his principle: "nothing wasted, nothing inappropriate."
—[Time, March 20, 1939]

Cover of 1947 second edition shown above. The 1939 edition [here] of Architectural Details included the first published piece of furniture by George Nakashima.

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