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Bruno Mathsson Summer Houses

Swedish furniture designer and architect, Bruno Mathsson, built two summer houses between 1960 and 1965, that have slowly decayed into disrepair. Mikael Olsson has photographed both houses over the past decade. Below are some images from Mikael Olsson’s book, Sodrakull Frosakull. If you’d like to see more, you can find his book online here: Mikael Olsson: Sodrakull Frosakull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Besser Vibrapac

 

Photos: The Mover

Knud Blach Petersen & Herbert Jensen Villa House

 

 

Photos: Julian Weyer

 

The Twitchell House by Paul Rudolph

Stunning photographs by Chris Mottalini of derelict modernist homes designed by Paul Rudolph.The Twitchell House, The Michaels House and The Cerrito House shown below are all included in Mottalini’s series After You Left, They Took It Apart: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes.

 

 

 

 

Photos: Chris Mottalini

 

The Michaels House by Paul Rudolph

 

 

 

 Photos: Chris Mottalini

 

The Cerrito House by Paul Rudolph

Photos: Chris Mottalini

 

Turkel House by Frank Lloyd Wright

This fabulous two-story Usonian automatic home by Frank Lloyd Wright fell into disrepair and has been beautifully restored by its new owners. You can read about the restoration here.

 

 

Photos: Peter Beers

 

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5 Comments

  1. Peter Wooding, FIDSA, ASIDOctober 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Nice work. FLW shines in Detroit !

  2. LuciaOctober 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Beautiful architecture! These structures give a vibe of vintage!

  3. HeatherNovember 1, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I clicked through to the link for the FLW Turkel house and read the article and comments. From the comments it surfaced that the website you linked (curbed.com) failed to act professionally regarding use of photos in their article. You may want to follow the link for the Detroit Hour mag article found in the comments.

  4. HeatherNovember 1, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Here is that link: http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/September-2010/Rescuing-a-Landmark/

  5. EmilyNovember 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I adore these photo’s! It breaks my heart to see these dream homes in disrepair…

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