I was reading up about this book over the weekend, presuming it was a US-only release. Thankfully, William Krisel’s Palm Springs by Heidi Creighton and Chris Menrad is coming to the UK next month too.
You might well know the name. If you don’t, please check out some of the properties attached to the architect on this site, including this place in North Hollywood, this one in Los Angeles and this Airbnb house you can rent in Palm Springs. All should give you an idea of what the architect was about.
Krisel was a prolific architect in the 1950s and 1960s, responsible got 30,000 living spaces in southern California, as well as 10,000 elsewhere. His aim was to produce high quality homes at an affordable price in a modernist style. The fact that so many are still around today and in such original condition says everything about the end product.
This book is the first significant publication on Krisel, a 224-page work featuring 200 photos and lots of architectural drawings and renderings covering the entire spectrum of his work. It also promises all the background to his work, not least his collaboration with the Alexander Construction Co. The kind of work a scholar and enthusiast of midcentury modern design will lap up.
You can have a browse of some of the images featured in the book in this article on the Oregon Live site. If that appeals, the book is available to pre-order in the UK right now.
It comes out 10th March 2016 via Gibbs Smith, with Amazon doing discounted pre-orders at £20.40.