051 – Handcrafted Modern Europe: At Home with MidCentury Designers

Hey everyone. I recently helped out on this Kickstarter campaign. Leslie Williamson is an amazing photographer and writer, and her project documenting the homes of MidCentury Architects and Designers is truly important. Check out the video I shot for her, and definitely support the project. Creating books is such a hard thing to do these days, and writers need all of our support. Without our help the gorgeous homes of these great artists will be lost forever. Thanks for watching!


Handcrafted Modern Europe: At Home with Midcentury Designers is the working title for a new book with all original photography of the homes and studios of thirteen of the most notable European architects and designers of the Mid Twentieth Century. I see homes as a portrait of their inhabitants, so I photograph each space with an eye not only to the architecture, design and wide views of the rooms, but also the small quiet moments that reveal these creative people’s character. Some homes are well known house museums, like Alvar Aalto’s house in Helsinki, Finland. Others are homes that have been kept in tact by the family who has inherited the house, like Bruno Mathsson’s home in Varnamo, Sweden, and still others are inhabited by the designer themselves, like Gae Aulenti’s apartment in Milan, Italy. In the interest of keeping some of the designers and architects under wraps until publication, I am only sharing a few of the houses here. But you can look at my blog ( from April thru September of 2012 and get a heck of a lot of hints!

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