June 29, 2006 – September 24, 2006

Kurt G.F. Helfrich and William Whitaker, editors

Introduction by Kenneth Frampton
Essays by Kurt G.F. Helfrich, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Mari Sakamoto Nakahara and Christine Vendredi Auzanneau

Princeton Architectural Press


352 pages

color and black and white illustrations

8 1/2 x 11 inches

The accompanying book, Crafting a Modern World: the Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond offers a retrospective view of the Raymonds’ careers—highlighting for the first time the collaborative nature of their work.  Kurt Helfrich and Mari Sakamoto Nakahara explore the full arc of the Raymonds’ careers; and independently, Helfrich provides an in depth view of the Raymonds’ work in the United States between 1938-1950. Christine Vendredi-Auzanneau discusses Antonin’s definition of modern from the perspective of his Czech background and education; and Ken Tadashi Oshima writes about Antonin’s approach to materials—in particular concrete. The book includes an extensive Portfolio providing a broad overview of the body of work completed in their lifetime as well as extensive documentation of the Raymonds commissions, publications, chronologies and writings account for the remainder of the book—the highlight of which is a selection of 18 letters between Antonin and Noemi written between 1920 and 1951. 

The book is published by Princeton Architectural Press and designed by Min Lew and Manuel Miranda.  The book is available for purchase at The Meyerson Galleries in hardcover and on-line at www.papress.com.

Kurt Helfrich is curator of the Architecture and Design Collection at the University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, and an adjunct faculty member in the History of Art and Architecture Department, UCSB.  William Whitaker is chief curator and collections manager at the University of Pennsylvania's Architectural Archives.

This book was supported by generous grants from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and The Challenge Fund.