We tend to forget that the Modern House had a rough ride in Britain. Today, contemporary architecture is in high demand, and to live in a sleek modern house is, for many, the ultimate in aspirational living. Manser Houses charts the domestic work of a pivotal firm in the genesis of contemporary British modernism.

Michael Manser, and later his son Jonathan, have overseen the design of a clutch of elegant and original houses, building on the spirit of post-war American modernism, adapted for the sites and landscapes of the UK. Not for nothing is the RIBA's annual award for best new house known as the 'Manser Medal'.

The firm's new monograph explores each house in detail, providing an overview of the transition from struggling self-builders to purveyors of some of the most elegant contemporary houses in the country.

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