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Andrew Geller: Deconstructed: Artist and Architect (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 25/03/2015
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Over the course of a career that lasted more than fifty years, Andrew Geller--architect, artist, and designer--quietly produced a large and culturally significant body of work, leaving an invaluable mark in his field. Geller's impact was first felt in the heady post-World War II years he spent at the Raymond Loewy design firm, where one highlight amongst many was his improvisational and free-handed influence on the Lord & Taylor brand. He is undoubtedly most well-known, though, for his architecture, and his stunning modernist beach houses in particular, houses that still grace our shores and which, not unlike Andrew Geller himself, were innovative, unconventional, and saturated with a delight for beauty and form. In Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, Jake Gorst celebrates the life and work of his grandfather, bringing together two-decades worth of interviews, both formal and informal, as well as many artifacts and treasures culled from Geller's vast personal collection of drawings and photographs. Included within are stories and images not only of his now famous beach houses, but also of the many lesser-known buildings and early artworks, making this the definitive volume on this architectural icon. Gorst's intent in writing this volume - to share this wealth of information and provide an intimate glimpse into the inner workings of an artist--is here fully actualized, rendering a vivid portrait of a man whose main drive in life was to create beauty whatever he did.

Publisher: Glitterati Inc
ISBN: 9780990380894
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 1302 g
Dimensions: 274 x 226 x 25 mm


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Written by Geller s grandson, Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Jake Gorst, Andrew Geller: Deconstructed explores an outstanding if undersung residential oeuvre that The New York Times called eccentrically free-form and eye-grabbing. One Geller house in Westhampton Beach looked like a box kite precariously set on edge. Two neighboring residences on Fire Island resembled pieces of a puzzle, the peaked roofline of one being a perfect fit for the concave angled roof of the one next door. A curious construction in the Long Island hamlet of Sagaponack recalled a hybrid between a lighthouse and a Civil War era submarine, while the main facade of another getaway in nearby Amagansett looked precisely like a stylized cat s face.--Mitchell Owens "Architectural Digest, March 17, 2015 ""
I am fascinated with the idea of these very light, buoyant houses that were designed at the beach for the purpose of enjoying the beach. The Geller houses were about a lifestyle and having fun. The families fell in love with them and couldn't part with them, and they saved them because people care about the things they love.--Rick Cook, CookFox Architects
Jake Gorst s tribute to his grandfather in Andrew Geller: Deconstructed is a passionate, thoughtful exploration of a very interesting man. Known as the architect of happiness, Andrew Geller designed whimsical beach houses and gave them equally imaginative names: Butterfly, Milk Carton, Raspberry Basket, Grasshopper and Square Brassiere, to name a few.--Gwendolyn Horton, Design Notes "April 22, 2015 ""
In Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, Gorst, 45, a documentary film-maker and writer who also lives in Northport, offers both a guide to Geller's work over the span of generations and a personal portrait of a man though the use of colorful anecdotes that perhaps can only come from a family member.--Carl Corry -Newsday, March 6, 2015 -
In Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, author Jake Gorst, who also happens to be Geller's grandson, shares the stories behind many magnificent houses and the artist who created them. As readers, we feel like weekend guests at these sculptural summer homes built on the coasts of New England towns.--Gwendolyn Horton, Design Notes -March 10, 2015 -
This appealing biography captures the essence of a gifted and distinctive American architect. Jake Gorst conveys Geller's winsome and distinctive spirit as a designer, grounding the evolution of his talents in a personal saga of friends, family, artistic vision and a larger cultural history of the post-WWII era. The photographs, drawings and the text are a delight--and sometimes even a revelation.--Gwendolyn Wright, professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Written by Geller's grandson, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jake Gorst, Andrew Geller: Deconstructed explores an outstanding if undersung residential oeuvre that The New York Times called -eccentrically free-form and eye-grabbing.- One Geller house in Westhampton Beach looked like a box kite precariously set on edge. Two neighboring residences on Fire Island resembled pieces of a puzzle, the peaked roofline of one being a perfect fit for the concave angled roof of the one next door. A curious construction in the Long Island hamlet of Sagaponack recalled a hybrid between a lighthouse and a Civil War-era submarine, while the main facade of another getaway in nearby Amagansett looked precisely like a stylized cat's face.--Mitchell Owens -Architectural Digest, March 17, 2015 -
Beautiful, beautiful book about midcentury modern architect and artist Andrew Geller, famous for his small-scale, geometric Long Island beach houses, for the innovative, egalitarian Leisurama homes, for designing the Sokolniki Park kitchen in which Khrushchev and Nixon had their famous debate, and much, much more. An important book for fans of real-life -Mad Men--era design; a tribute to an under- appreciated and dauntingly talented, accomplished man.--Steven Rea -The Philadelphia Inquirer -
Jake Gorst's tribute to his grandfather in Andrew Geller: Deconstructed is a passionate, thoughtful exploration of a very interesting man. Known as the -architect of happiness,- Andrew Geller designed whimsical beach houses and gave them equally imaginative names: Butterfly, Milk Carton, Raspberry Basket, Grasshopper and Square Brassiere, to name a few.--Gwendolyn Horton, Design Notes -April 22, 2015 -
During the course of writing the manuscript, previously unknown archival materials were discovered in crawl spaces and other hiding places in the house that he lived in for nearly sixty years. Prior misconceptions were enlightened and clarified. Even previously unknown Andrew Geller buildings were discovered. The finished book, Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, provides an intimate glimpse into my grandfather's life and a deeper understanding of his work.--Jake Gorst -Modern Magazine, Summer 2015 -
This is a beautiful book about a mid-century modern architect whose wonderful designs expanded the concept of modernism. It is loaded with personal photographs and illustrations. For Jake Gorst, the book is a beautiful personal tribute to a grandfather and, for the rest of us, a tribute to a stunning artist and architect. Beautifully done.--Noella Ballenger -Apogee Photo Magazine, August 2015 -

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