Book Special: Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament (0393304981)

August 9, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: August 9th-15th

August is American Artist Appreciation Month. To commemorate, this week’s book special commemorates Louis Sullivan, one of the 20th century’s greatest architects:

Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament

by David Van Zanten and Robert Twombly; Edited by Wim de Wit
Paperback in original shrinkwrap, 224 pages, ISBN: 393304981
List Price: $35.00, OUR PRICE: $5.95

Louis Sullivan

“This is a catalogue of a retrospective on the renowned American architect Louis Sullivan shown at the Chicago Historical Society, Cooper-Hewitt Museum and The St. Louis Art Museum.

Contemporary architects have rediscovered the role of ornament as a humanizing element in their structures. No one practiced the art of ornamentation better than Sullivan, one of the earliest and most significant designers of the skyscraper.

Sullivan’s genius for integrating form and structure with ornamentation is celebrated here in both contemporary and historical photos and in an enlightening text by leading architectural scholars. Color and black and white photos and drawings.

Our favorite building in the book is the National Farmers Bank in Minnesota (click to enlarge):

“One of the best-designed architecture books to appear in recent memory, handsomely illustrated with a fuller selection of historical views of Sullivan’s work than can be found in any other book now in print,” writes the New York Review of Books. “[S]upplemented by a fine new set of color photographs of Sullivan’s most important surviving buildings.”

This book is discounted only through August 15th. Purchase it for $5.95 (list price $30.00):

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