East Coast Mid-Century Modern

For daydreamers and explorers alike, Phaidon's new design-led travel guide to the USA's East Coast is the perfect companion

Arts 26 Sep 2018

The Glass House Philip Johnson, 1949, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA. Photography by Darren Bradley
Mortgage Corporation of America Building, Carson Bennett Wright, 1971, Miami, Florida, USA. Photography by Darren Bradley
TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen, 1962, Queens, New York, USA. Photography by Darren Bradley
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA, written by Sam Lubell, photography by Darren Bradley, Phaidon

Road trips are as American as apple pie, diners and, it seems, émigré Mid-Century Modern architects. After the success of its predecessor, Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA, Phaidon has come back and delivered with its beautifully curated guide to the USA’s East Coast.

The adopted home of renowned architects such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen since the breakout of World War II, the east coast of the USA was not only the economic, political and media hub of the United States, it became an incubator for designers and architects looking towards the future.

As the East Coast embraced Mid-Century Modernism as a symbolic shedding of the ornamental design and history of times past, architects from across the globe transformed the East Coast’s major cities such as Manhattan and Miami, and breathed new life into small towns such as New Canaan, Connecticut and Manchester, New Hampshire.

Taking you on a journey down the East Coast from New England to the forests of Georgia, from Manhattan to Miami, Phaidon’s new curated collection of Mid-Century Modern architecture provides an insight into the movement’s iconic buildings as well as hidden gems along the way. Whether you decide to read it and daydream or book a trip and explore in person is up to you.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA by Sam Lubell (£24.95, Phaidon) out 28 September. Available to purchase online now at phaidon.com