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-draws-together-the-design-legacy-of-architect-charles-rennie-mackintosh/8454" target="_self">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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