Chernikhov, Iakov Georglevich. [Tschernichow, Jakow]
Die Grundlagen der modernen Architektur. Erfahrungsmäßige experimentelle Forschungen. (3 title pages in Russian, French and German.).
Leningrad, Leningrader Architekten-Verein, 1930.
123 (3) pp. with 3 colour plates and 225 illustrations in text and on plates
28 x 22 cm. New cloth with mounted original wrappers.
Yakov Georgievich Chernikhov (Яков Георгиевич Чернихов) (1889 - 1951) was a constructivist architect and graphic designer. His books on architectural design published in Leningrad between 1927 and 1933 are amongst the most innovatory texts and illustrations of their time.
The Art of Graphic Representation (1927)
Fundamentals of Contemporary Architecture (1930)
The Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931)
101 Architectural Fantasies (1933)
The latter, a very fine example of colour printing, was perhaps the last avant-garde art book to be published in Russia during the Stalinist era. Its remarkable designs uncannily predict the architecture of the later 20th century. However his unusual ideas meant that Chernikhov was distrusted by the regime. Although he continued work as a teacher and held a number of one-man shows, few of his designs were built and very few appear to have survived. Amongst the latter is the tower of the 'Red Carnation' factory in St. Petersburg.