Fast Company's Diana Budds looks at a new book from a midcentury-modern pioneer, architect William Krisel.

In William Krisel's Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism (Gibbs Smith, 2016), the architect writes that the ever-popular look has transcended time because its principles are rooted in philosophy rather than aesthetics.

"Modernism is a philosophy that creates better living through design," he writes in a manifesto that appears in William Krisel's Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism (Gibbs Smith, 2016). It's thanks to this emphasis on how people actually use his homes, as opposed to a dogged obsession over Ivory Tower architectural theory, that earned Krisel popular appeal and has likely fueled present-day interest in his work.

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