Two local authors, a photographer and a graphic designer have published a new book they say tells the story of New Canaan's modern architecture in full.

"Midcentury Houses Today" focuses on the concentration of residential modernism in New Canaan and explores how the houses are lived in today.

Architects Jeffrey Matz and Christina Ross, creative director Lorenzo Ottaviani and photographer Michael Biondo collaborated on the book about 16 of these houses.

Each house is described in detail -- from the clean, minimalistic look of the initial construction to the subsequent additions by noted architects and concluding with ways in which the houses are used today. Voices of the architects and builders, original owners and current occupants describe how the modernist residence is more than just a philosophy of design and construction, but also a philosophy of living, according to publicity for the book.

Published by the Monacelli Press, "Midcentury Houses Today" is available at Elm Street Books, 35 Elm St.

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