[M]id-Century style has never been more popular. The architecture of the time reflects an unparalleled era of glamour, style and optimism on the West Coast of America, stretching from Seattle all the way to San Diego.
The generous climate of the West Coast attracted pioneering architects in the post-war years including Richard Neutra, Charles Moore and Ray Kappe, who would create a stripped back design style that experimented with new materials and blended outdoors with indoors.
Lighter, simpler and entirely in step with its surroundings, the mid-century modern aesthetic looked to the future, imagining a world of endless vistas, textural contrasts and clean lines.
Spotlighting 250 of these icons of twentieth century design, Phaidon’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide lays out the journey for an unforgettable American road trip.
From an otherworldly gas station in Palm Springs, to the ultimate statement house on the beach, experience eight of our favourite mid-century moments from the book below.