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by Grace Bonney

Freestyle is an orgy of depressingly awesome New Wave architectural details by Frank Gehry, Eric Moss, Brian Murphy, Peter Shire and Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis.


top to bottom: Painted ceiling by Ros Cross; April Grieman’s house/laboratory; Bobby Houston’s office with murals by Eaz and Kiz; Wall sconce by Brian A. Murphy; Formica gone wild in Peter Shire’s kitchen.

Freestyle, The New Architecture and Interior Design from Los Angeles
Written and photographed by Tim Street-Porter
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1986

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  • depressingly awesome? how about just…awesome! this is a great book. and if you ever have a chance to meet brian murphy, take it! even 23 years after publication, these rooms and colorways still seem exciting and fresh. highly recommended reading.

  • I can’t see the sconce as a sconce. It looks like a triangle storage device, which seemed like a great idea, though maybe more useful 20 years ago.

    And I love my orange Koh-I-Noor triangle most of all.

  • I remember when this book came out. I think I’ve spent about 3 million hours pouring over its pictures.

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