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A stunning combination of personal reminiscence and spectacular photographs of
this influential modernist masterpiece.
The most celebrated work of French architect and designer Pierre Chareau, the
Maison de Verre is revered by experts, acclaimed as an inspiration by many, but
until now only glimpsed by a very few.
In 1928, Chareau was commissioned to build this private residence in an
eighteenth-century Paris courtyard. Dominique Vellay, the granddaughter of his
original client, tells here for the first time the story of this
extraordinarily inventive house, an embodiment of modern building principles
and methods. Its metal framework, glass-brick curtain walls, and sliding
partitions and panels have made a remarkable impression on architects and
François Halard's photographs pay homage to the house and its unique
architectural features: the interior, bathed in daylight gently diffused by the
glass walls; perforated zinc screens that rotate or slide silently on curved
rails; exposed steel beams; balconies with paneled bookshelves; open-stepped
staircases that permit light to penetrate; andnot leastthe house's furniture,
created by the architect for his clients, and covered with fabrics by eminent
contemporary artists and designers. 80+ illustrations in color and duotone.