Design: Back To The '50S

Four decades ago, modernist architects and designers envisioned a future of clean lines and lean style. The time is now

When Rob Ball was buying his new house, he knew he couldn't talk to anyone about it, not even his friends. Not that Ball, a Los Angeles-based industrial designer, was doing anything illegal. It was just that he wanted a modernist house. "These houses are so hard to come by, I would see the same people going out to see every home," he says. "I knew people who were actually taking off work to go out with their Realtors whenever a modernist home came on the market." So when the family of a good friend approached him about buying their home,...

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