TASTEMAKER. ELIZABETH GORDON, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, AND THE POSTWAR AMERICAN HOME

TASTEMAKER. ELIZABETH GORDON, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, AND THE POSTWAR AMERICAN HOME.

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A riveting and superbly illustrated account of the enigmatic House Beautiful editors profound influence on mid-century American taste From 1941 to 1964, House Beautiful magazines crusading editor-in-chief Elizabeth Gordon introduced and promoted her vision of 'good design' and 'better living' to an extensive middle-class American readership. Her innovative magazine-sponsored initiatives, including House Beautifuls Pace Setter House Program and the Climate Control Project, popularized a 'livable' and decidedly American version of postwar modern architecture. Gordons devotion to what she called the American Style attracted the attention of Frank Lloyd Wright, who became her ally and collaborator. Gordons editorial programs reshaped ideas about American living and, by extension, what consumers bought, what designers made, and what manufacturers brought to market. This incisive assessment of Gordons influence as an editor, critic, and arbiter of domestic taste reflects more broadly on the cultures of consumption and identity in postwar America. Nearly 200 images are featured, including work by Ezra Stoller, Maynard Parker, and Julius Shulman. This important book champions an often-neglected source'the consumer magazine'as a key tool for deepening our understanding of mid-century architecture and design.

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