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Our architecture rolls, swims, flies

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'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 Smithsons themselves. The lattice principle that informs their additions to the Tecta factory and the house of its proprietor (see pages 26-35), is illustrated at a range of scales: porch, screen, invitation card.

Pictured is a 1987 drawing by Alison Smithson 'with all our furniture flying around like disturbed bees'. The book is available from the RIBA Bookshop, tel 020 7251 0791.

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