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Ornament Is Crime, Phaidon

Contributed by The Foundry on May 31st, 2017. Artwork published in .
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    Architype Tschichold is a faithful rendering of Jan Tschichold’s 1929 experimental alphabet which was influenced by Herbert Bayer’s single-alphabet. His design was never put into production. The font re-creates his original geometrically constructed design, including some phonetic characters.

    The book, Ornament Is Crime, is a visual manifesto that offers a celebration and thought-provoking reappraisal of modernist architecture – proposing that it no longer needs to be confined by traditional definitions. It examines iconic works by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius alongside some of the best contemporary architects of the twenty-first century, arguing for a continuous progression of the movement from its roots through to the present day. It was edited by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill. The title is “inspired by a seminal lecture by one of the founders of Modernism, the Austrian architect Adolf Loos. His lecture Ornament And Crime, given in 1910, was a deliberately provocative attack on the highly ornamental style of the day and went on to be fundamental in defining the ideology of Modernist architecture.” Availabe for pre-order from Phaidon.

    Source: Phaidon. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The building on the cover is a remake of one of the Master’s Houses at the Bauhaus, in Dessau, designed by Bruno Fioretti Marquez in 2010. — Phaidon


    • Architype Tschichold
    • Cádiz




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