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Our architecture rolls, swims, flies

'Our architecture rolls, swims, flies, ' said El Lissitzky. Hence the title of this book by Peter Smithson and Karl Unglaub, Flying Furniture (Walther K÷nig, K÷ln. £21). It presents with considerable flair, items of classic furniture from the 1920s and '30s, accompanied by Smithson's thoughts on their designers - Rietveld, Breuer, Mies, ProuvÚ. Later work 'in the same spirit' is also included, by Team X's Stefan Wewerka ('a gifted deformer of the ordinary') and the ...

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