Celebrating a decade in the business, UK-based real estate agency The Modern House has launched an eponymous book exploring its most extraordinary properties, from Su and Richard Rogers’ modernist Wimbledon landmark to apartments in the Barbican and beyond. (The company’s fitting tagline: ‘Selling Britain’s finest modern architecture’).
The Modern House was co-founded in 2005 by former architecture/design journalists Albert Hill and Matt Gibberd (himself the grandson of modernist architect Frederick Gibberd), and together have captured a niche corner of the property market.
Leading with an introductory essay by Wallpaper* editor-at-large Jonathan Bell and published by Artifice Books, the new tome is divided into four themes – town houses, conversions, country houses and apartments. ‘Rather than being an exhaustive survey, this book instead offers our own distinctive snapshot of what it means to live in a modern way in Britain,’ explain Gibberd and Hill in the books foreword.
To wit, the book is an ode to Britain’s remarkable modernist architecture, spanning homes completed in the 1930s until as recently as two years ago. Alongside the usual suspects (London’s seminal Isokon Building, for one), The Modern House also hones in on lesser known architectural gems, as well as younger architects such as Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs (their striking Design Award-shortlisted Herringbone House in Dalston marks a new sort of British modernism).
Whether you’re in the market for a starchitect-designed home (Carl Turner's 'ice cube' house is back on the market for a cool £1.595m) or are simply a design-savvy tourist, The Modern House is an indispensible compendium of England’s most enviable residences and interiors.