1955-1959: International Affairs. The focus of this volume is the second half of the 1950s, an era of grand visions and increasing internationalization in architecture and design. The often playful and experimental ideas and designs of the first half of the decade became more and more set in a common style, in which the International style forms an alliance with the new organic forms of the postwar period - whereby the only common feature is the high quality of each particular design. The works documented here by architects and designers such as Oscar Niemeyer, Carlos Raul, Villanueva, Vittoriano Vigaṇ, and Angelo Mangiarotti are representative of this development. Also featured are modern office machines by Olivetti, furniture design by Ray and Charles Eames, ceramic and lamp designs by Ettore Sottsass, the Herman Miller Showroom of Alexander Girard in San Francisco, and famous buildings like Le Corbusier's pilgrimage church in Ronchamp or Gio Ponti's Villa Arreaza in Caracas.