Credit: Mike Morgan
Philip Johnson on his Mies–designed apartment in New York: "Lilly Reich—let's say it— did all the work." On Christopher Isherwood in prewar Berlin: "We were picking up the same boys." On Phyllis Lambert's role in the design of the Seagram Building: "It wasn't that she knew anything about buildings ..." Those two master gossips, Robert A.M. Stern and Philip Johnson, recorded 10 of their conversations in 1985, agreeing that the tapes would sit idle until after Johnson's death. Now, they're transcribed and organized in a juicy new book, The Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews by Robert A.M. Stern.
$40; The Monacelli Press