La diva en casa, arquitectura para artistas - Adam L. Bresnick

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How do divas live? Avoiding the vulgar and ordinary mansions predictably kitsch where stars usually live, Adam L. Bresnick selects several houses owned by famous stars or divas that were designed by prominent architects. Commissioned houses, singular and unrepeatable like their owners, made to measure the bustling and hypertrophied personality of the stars.

If the home is usually the sphere of intimacy of its inhabitants, in these houses the difference between private and public is blurred. The theatricality and the scenographic character distinctive of the spaces where the stars shine before the public deeply impregnate their dwellings. The house becomes a stage that counts with sophisticated devices of exhibition and differentiation.

This book also looks into the relationship between two egos, sometimes tense and difficult, to impose their criteria: the ego of the star, dazzling and extraordinary, and the architect’s ego, determined to establish architectonic ideas that are part of a personal thinking system. Both positions will be firmly defended. This is another fascinating journey proposed by Bresnick to find, in each case, the most approximate compromise between the desires of such special clients and the ‘forms with signature’ of renowned architects.

To exemplify these questions he chooses different periods and diverse professional occupations: Josephine Baker, exotic muse of the jazz era, and the austere and cosmopolitan Adolf Loos; the dancer and courtesan Madame Guirnard and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, the illuminist and neoclassical architect; the extravagant multimillionaire Charles de Beistegui and the revolutionary modernizer Le Corbusier, amongst other couples, run through these pages that finish with a truly peculiar case: the architect and star Philip Johnson commissioned his house to himself: a house with glass walls in which everything and everybody are constantly visible, in perpetual exhibition…


Adam Bresnick’s interview in El see


This book has been published thanks to a crowd-funding campaign organized by La Tahona Cultural. Ediciones Asimétricas wish to specifically express its gratitude to the enthusiastic collaboration of every one of our micro-sponsors:

Carmen Alcalde, Matilde Peralta del Amo, Pedro Ros, Juan Pablo Raymond, Olga Ortega de Dios, Manina Peiró, Conchita Orti, Condes de Lugar Nuevo, José de la Sota, Paloma Jiménez, Carlo Galimberti, Carmen Santos Oca, Luis Marcos Nogales, Ana Alberola Carbonell, Eladio Paniagua, Antonio Fernando and Eduardo Menéndez, Javier Alberola Peiró, Concha Fernández de la Puente, Margarita Aramburu, Lucía y Santiago, Fernando Gil, Estudio Picado-de Blas, Pedro José Suárez-Varela Montesinos, Pablo López Prol, Ingrid Campo-Ruiz, Anunciata Bremón, Carmen Morales Durán, Emilia Millán, Miguel Peña Martínez-Conde, Arantxa Aguirre, Antón y Chinina, Patricia Fernández, Francisco Martínez Romero, Miami Ad School Madrid, Tania and Churti, Tomás Corominas, Juan Carlos Fernández, Cristina Fontana, Adso Tarantino Ortiz, Alejandro Bocanegra, Marta Sánchez Tocino, Betitxu Carmichael, Lola Balbás Giménez, Pilar de Miguel, Javier Albo, Ignacio Quemada, Ariel Carneri and Nora Tamaryn Said, Miguel Ángel Poveda Baeza, Mateo Corrales Lantero, María Unceta Satrústegui, Ysabel Barragán and Manuel Alonso Erausquin, Adoración López Ruiz, Alfonso Corominas, Alicia Pire, Sergio Sancho García, Gonzalo Cerezo, Jesús Miguel Gras, Centro de psicología y psicoterapia, Laura Fernández Alcalde, Juan Pedraz Araujo, David Coral, Alessandro Coppola, Ana, Juan Carlos, Carla, Marta and Natalia, Helena Schulz Jimeno, Nuki Nuk, Luis Cubillo, Pilar Perea, Lourdes Mayor Gibernau, Sergio de Miguel García, Antonio Romeo Donlo, Josechu López Gómez-Salas and Arminda Naranjo Alvarado, María Ortiz Bandera, Marylène Bequin, Antonio García Sanabria, Beatriz Pastor, Rafael Heredia, Rodrigo Valera Martínez, Jokin Lizasoain and María Ciriquiain, Helena Plácido, Pablo G.-Sabariegos, Arabella Masson, Geli Patón García, Macarena Alcalde, Pablo Gómez Ruiz, Esperanza Gimeno Robledano, Pablo Vicens Hualde, Pedro Mombiedro Sandoval, Miguel A. Fuentes Torres and Carmen Arroyo Gallardo, Carlota Sáenz de Tejada Granados, Román and Elvira, Eva Hurtado, Angela Nordenstedt, Serviliang Servicios Integrales, Jesús Porteros Martínez, Lauracharlie, Nuria Ruiz, Carla Alberola, Noemí García Millán, Rafa Povo, Fernando Carrasco Peña, Enrique Krahe, Pedro Chaves Giraldo, mOve architecture laboratory /Ricardo Montoro Coso+Franca Alexandra Sonntag, Víctor Olmos, Andrea Buchner Anfruns, Ricardo Mungía, Teresa Carranza, José Vela Castillo, Lila Insúa Lintridis, Juli Capella, Rafael Navarro, guriditartas Arquitectos, Alba Lintridis, EUTECA, Aliberto Arroba and Ana Horcajada.

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