The Good Life: A Guided Visit to the Houses of Modernity



20 years after its first publication, The Good Life is re-edited and re-published into a new Chinese edition, with the joint effort between Iñaki Ábalos, Su Chang and Luminocity.

With The Good Life, Iñaki Ábalos serves as our guide for a tour of seven iconic twentieth-century homes that represent various concepts for living. Some of the homes were actually built, while others were merely planned, painted, or created as part of a film set. We see Mies van der Rohe’s House with Three Patios, Martin Heidegger’s cabinin the Black Forest, Picasso’s Villa La Californie in Cannes, and the New York loft that Andy Warhol called the Factory. From the ultramodern geometric houses and gardens in Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle, we travel to the famed hobby-kit house in Buster Keaton’s One Week and on to the sunny swimming pool and home in David Hockney’s painting A Bigger Splash. Ábalos takes readers through the key philosophical precepts that likely guided the creation of these homes, making insightful points about the relationship between ideas about a particular modern way of living and approaches to architecture and design.

Collaboration / Iñaki Ábalos and Luminocity
Credits / Qin Lei (publisher), Yang Biqiong (copyedit), Guo Boya (proofreading)